General Social Survey

General Social Survey Data
The General Social Survey (GSS) is a sociological survey used to collect data on demographic characteristics and attitudes of residents of the United States. The survey is conducted face-to-face with an in-person interview by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago, of a randomly-selected sample of adults (18+) who are not institutionalized. The survey was conducted every year from 1972 to 1994 (except in 1979, 1981, and 1992). Since 1994, it has been conducted every other year.
Keywords: social science
Size: 202.1MB


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Last Updated: 2013-04-24 16:39:00 UTC

Access Instructions

All public data sets are available on both commodity internet connections and high speed StarLight/Internet2 connections. We recommend using rsync or UDR to download the data.

Downloading with UDR (UDT enabled rsync)

UDR is a wrapper around rsync that enables rsync to use the high performance UDT network protocol, which can greatly improve download speeds, especially over high speed networks. Once installed, the only change is placing the udr command before the same rsync command you typically use to download the data. UDR is open source and under active development, the most recent version is available on githubAt the moment, UDR is not enabled on the transfer node. The functionality should return shortly. Use rsync in the meantime.

List the contents of General Social Survey:

  • Using rsync: rsync
  • Using udr: udr rsync

Download/synchronize General Social Survey:

  • Using rsync: rsync -avzuP /path/to/local_copy
  • Using udr: udr rsync -avzuP /path/to/local_copy

Download an individual file from General Social Survey:

  • Using rsync: rsync -avzuP /path/to/local_copy
  • Using udr: udr rsync -avzuP /path/to/local_copy


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