SISS: Public Opinion on Social Issues (Updated August 2011)


Public Opinion on Social Issues, 1975-2010 by Elizabeth N. Nelson and Edward
E. Nelson
, Department of Sociology, California State University, Fresno.

The SISS module was designed to introduce students to the basics of data analysis. The focus is on two and three variable crosstabulations. Chi square and measures of association (Gamma, Cramer's V) are introduced and may or may not be used as the instructor wishes. The codebook includes some variables in both recoded and unrecoded form (age, education) so the instructor may teach recoding or not teach it. Variables have been created and added to the data set for religiosity and tolerance. There are two data sets--one that includes only the 2010 file and the other that includes data from seven years (1975, 1982, 1989, 1996, and 2002/2004 combined to represent 2003, and 2010). Instructors can choose to focus on a detailed analysis of a single year or on change over time. The focus of the module is on developing and testing hypotheses.


Nelson, Elizabeth N. and Edward E. Nelson. 2011. Public Opinion on Social Issues. Unpublished Manuscript.

Table of Contents

Full Version [doc | pdf]
Chapter 1 -- Social Issues and the Study of American Institutions [doc | pdf]
Chapter 2 -- Survey Research Design and Quantitative Methods of Analysis for Cross-Sectional Data [doc | pdf]
Chapter 3 -- Introducing a Control Variable (Multivariate Analysis) [doc | pdf]
Chapter 4 -- Exercises Using the General Social Survey to Explore Relationships Among Variables [doc | pdf]
Chapter 5 -- Research Design and Methods of Analysis for Change Over Time [doc | pdf]
Chapter 6 -- Exercises Using 1975, 1982, 1989, 1996, 2002, 2004, and 2010 Subsets of the General Social Survey to Analyze Change Over Time [doc | pdf]

  • Appendix A -- Codebook for the Social Issues Subset of the General Social Survey [doc | pdf]
  • Appendix B -- Notes to the Instructor [doc | pdf]
  • Appendix C -- Supplemental Instructional Materials [doc | pdf]
  • Appendix D -- Computation of Measures of Association [doc | pdf]

GSS—2010, 2004, 2002, 1996, 1989, 1982, 1975 [por]
GSS-2010 Only [por]

Authors: Elizabeth N. Nelson and Edward
E. Nelson
Campus: California State University Fresno
Department: Sociology
Revised: August 2011
Related File(s):
Full Version [doc | pdf]
• Chapter 1 [doc | pdf]
• Chapter 2 [doc | pdf]
• Chapter 3 [doc | pdf]
• Chapter 4 [doc | pdf]
• Chapter 5 [doc | pdf]
• Chapter 6 [doc | pdf]
• Appendix A [doc | pdf]
• Appendix B [doc | pdf]
• Appendix C [doc | pdf]
• Appendix D [doc | pdf]
• GSS-'10 '04 '02 '96 '89 '82 '75 [por]
• GSS-2010 Only [por]