Gun Control, Using Field Poll data with SPSS and SDA*
*An online statistical package
Exercises
 GUN_CONTROL1G  Exercise Using SPSS to Explore the Relationship between Gender and Opinion on Gun Control
 GUN_CONTROL2G  Exercise Using SPSS to Explore the Relationship between Socioeconomic Status and Opinion on Gun Control
 GUN_CONTROL3G – Exercise Using SPSS to Explore the Relationship between Political Variables and Opinion on Gun Control
 GUN_CONTROL4G – Exercise Using SPSS to Explore the Relationship between Region and Opinion on Gun Control using Chi Square and Measures of Association
 GUN_CONTROL5G – Exercise Using SDA to Search for Field Polls that Include Questions on Gun Control
 GUN_CONTROL6G – Exercise Using SDA and the Field Polls for Trend Analysis by Breaking the Sample into Subgroups
Author: Ed Nelson
Department of Sociology M/S SS97
California State University, Fresno
Fresno, CA 93740
Email: ednelson@csufresno.edu
Note to the Instructor: The data set used in the first four exercises of this series is field_2013_subset_for_classes_GUN_CONTROL.sav, which is a subset of the Field Poll conducted in February, 2013[1].
Some of the variables in the poll 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 Field Research Corporation. The first four 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 SSRIC website. The last two exercises use SDA (Survey Documentation and Analysis), an online statistical package written at UC Berkeley. 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 the first four exercises (as separate files) are more detailed notes to the instructor, the SPSS syntax necessary to carry out the exercise (SPSS syntax file), and the SPSS output for the exercise (SPSS output file). The exercise is available in both HTML and as a Word (docx) file. The extended notes to the instructor is a Word (docx) file. The data file, syntax file, and output files are SPSS files.
Keywords
 GUN_CONTROL1G: Frequencies (SPSS), Crosstabs (SPSS), column percents (Statistics), crosstabulation (Statistics), cumulative percents (Statistics), frequency distributions (Statistics), missing data (Statistics), percents (Statistics), valid percents (Statistics), argument, dependent variable, hypothesis, independent variable, theory, twovariable tables
 GUN_CONTROL2G: Frequencies (SPSS), Crosstabs (SPSS), column percents (Statistics), crosstabulation (Statistics), cumulative percents (Statistics), frequency distributions (Statistics), missing data (Statistics), percents (Statistics), valid percents (Statistics), dependent variable, hypothesis, independent variable, twovariable tables
 GUN_CONTROL3G: Frequencies (SPSS), Crosstabs (SPSS), column percents (Statistics), crosstabulation (Statistics), cumulative percents (Statistics), frequency distributions (Statistics), missing data (Statistics), percents (Statistics), valid percents (Statistics), dependent variable, hypothesis, independent variable, twovariable tables
 GUN_CONTROL4G: Frequencies (SPSS), Crosstabs (SPSS), column percents (Statistics), crosstabulation (Statistics), cumulative percents (Statistics), frequency distributions (Statistics), missing data (Statistics), percents (Statistics), valid percents (Statistics), dependent variable, hypothesis, independent variable, twovariable tables
 GUN_CONTROL5G: SDA, column percents (Statistics), frequency distributions (Statistics), missing data (Statistics), percents (Statistics), trend analysis
 GUN_CONTROL6G: SDA, column percents (Statistics), crosstabulation (Statistics), frequency distributions (Statistics), missing data (Statistics), percents (Statistics), trend analysis, twovariable tables
Please contact the author for additional information.
[1] The questionnaire for the February, 2013 Field Poll is available by clicking here. This file was downloaded from the UCDATA website at UC Berkeley which houses the Field Polls.
