Confidence in Societal Institutions and Spending Priorities


Author: Ed Nelson
Department of Sociology M/S SS97
California State University, Fresno
Fresno, CA 93740

© The Author, 2016, 2020; Last Modified  May 2020.

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The data set used in this exercise is GSS18CONFIDENCE.SAV which is a subset of the 2018 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 26 A Basic Tutorial  by  Edward Nelson and John Korey.  The focus of these exercises is on measurement and data analysis.  You have permission to use these exercises and to revise them to fit your needs.