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Pearson's Chi-Squared Test and the General Social Survey (2012): Gender and Legalizing Marijuana

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By: The Odum Institute Published: 2015 | Product: SAGE Research Methods Datasets
Methods: Chi-square test
Data Type: Survey
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Abstract

This dataset example introduces readers to the Pearson’s chi-squared test for independence (χ2). This technique allows researchers to test whether or not two categorical variables are associated with each other or not. This example uses a subset of data from the 2012 General Social Survey (GSS). It presents a test of the relationship between gender and views on legalizing marijuana. Results from an analysis like this could have implications for how citizens might respond to policy changes in this sensitive area.

In this example, readers are introduced to the basic assumptions underlying this technique, the type of question this technique can be used to answer, and how to produce and report results. The sample dataset has been cleaned and organized to make this example easier to ...

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About This Dataset
Data Source Citation

National Data Program for the Social Sciences, National Opinion Research Center. (2012). General Social Survey 2012 (Release 5, June 19, 2014) [Data file]. Available from http://www3.norc.org/GSS+Website/

Full title of originating dataset

General Social Survey 2012 (Release 5, June 19, 2014)

Data author(s) and affiliations

The National Data Program for the Social Sciences, National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago

Dataset source website address

http://www3.norc.org/GSS+Website/

First publication date

06-2014

Data Universe

Individual persons 18 or older, living in non-institutional arrangements within the United States

Funding sources/suppliers

National Science Foundation

Sample/sampling procedures

Full probability sampling

Weighting

Original dataset includes weight variable, WTSSALL

Data collection dates

02-2012 to 04-2012

Time frame of analysis

2012

Unit of analysis

Individual

Location covered by data

United States

Links to SRM content
List of variables

sex

Respondent’s sex

natsci

Spending on scientific research

cappun

Favor or oppose death penalty for murder

grass

Legalize marijuana

trust

Can people be trusted

premarsx

Premarital sex