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Behind the scenes: surveying Americans’ attitudes and beliefs

March 21, 2011 754

The General Social Survey is second only to the US Census in being the most frequently analyzed source of social science information for researchers, students and agencies of the federal government. An article for LiveScience explains why the GSS is a rich source of knowledge about Americans’ attitudes and beliefs. The survey goes beyond basic census demographics and aims to understand and explain long-time societal change – what changes, and why.

The most recent data show that support for gay marriage is increasing, support for tougher gun control remains high, and most individuals report that they are happy with themselves and their jobs.

Read the full article here.

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