GSS Data Explorer

The GSS Data Explorer, from NORC at the University of Chicago, makes it easier than ever to use the data collected by the General Social Survey (GSS), one of the nation’s most important sources of information about the attitudes, behaviors, and conditions of Americans.

Researchers and data-savvy users can search, extract, and export full or select datasets for analysis in any statistical software program. Students and others who are new to the GSS or to the analysis of social science data can search, save, and analyze data in individual or shared workspaces.



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New GSS Data Explorer Key Trends Feature Dedicated to James A. Davis

​James Davis Ph.D. (1929-2016) was founder, in 1972, of the General Social Survey. Professor Davis who was a long-time member of the University of Chicago faculty and Director of NORC from 1971 to 1975, was an enormously respected scholar of sociology. We dedicate the Key Trends feature of the GSS Data Explorer site to James Davis, knowing that he would approve of its capacity to deliver important information about many issues to the general public.