General Social Survey (2014): Confidence in Societal Institutions and Spending Priorities

Exercises

  • CONSPEND1CS  -  Exercise Using SPSS to Explore Confidence in Institutions
  • CONSPEND2CS  -  Exercise Using SPSS to Explore Spending Priorities
  • CONSPEND3CS  -  Exercise Using SPSS to Explore the Relationship Between Confidence in Institutions and Spending Priorities
  • CONSPEND4CS  -  Exercise Using SPSS to Explore the Relationship Between Confidence in Institutions and Spending Priorities Controlling for Political Party Identification

Author:   Ed Nelson
Department of Sociology M/S SS97
California State University, Fresno
Fresno, CA 93740
Email:  
ednelson@csufresno.edu

© The Author, 2016; Last Modified  September 3, 2016.

Note to the Instructor: The data set used in this exercise is gss14_subset_for_classes_CONFIDENCE_SPENDING.sav which is a subset of the 2014 General Social Survey.  Some of the variables in the GSS have been recoded to make them easier to use and some new variables have been created.  The data have been weighted according to the instructions from the National Opinion Research Center.  These exercises use SPSS to analyze the data.  A good reference on using SPSS is SPSS for Windows Version 23.0 A Basic Tutorial by Linda Fiddler, John Korey, Edward Nelson (Editor), and Elizabeth Nelson.  The online version of the book is at the Social Science Research and Instructional Center's Website.  You have permission to use this exercise and to revise it to fit your needs.  Please send a copy of any revision to the author.

Included with each exercise (as separate files) are more detailed notes to the instructor (in MS Word format), the SPSS syntax necessary to carry out the exercise (SPSS syntax file), the SPSS output for the exercise (SPSS output file), and the exercise itself in MS Word format..

Keywords for the Exercises

Each exercise has a set of keywords which are listed below.  After each keyword you’ll find the words SPSS, statistics or methods indicating whether it is a SPSS or a statistical or a methodological term.  There are also two spreadsheets – one for statistical and methodological terms and another for SPSS terms – which will help you find appropriate exercises.

  • CONSPEND1CS:  Frequencies (SPSS), frequency distributions
  • CONSPEND2CS:  Frequencies (SPSS), frequency distributions
  • CONSPEND3CS:  Frequencies (SPSS), Crosstabs (SPSS), Chi Square (statistics), percents (statistics), measures of association (statistics), independent variable, dependent variable, two-variable tables, hypothesis, argument
  • CONSPEND4CS:  Frequencies (SPSS), Crosstabs (SPSS), Recode (SPSS), Chi Square (statistics), percents (statistics), measures of association (statistics), independent variable, dependent variable, two-variable tables, independent variable, dependent variable, three-variable tables, elaboration, spuriousness, specification

Please contact the author for additional information.