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Cross-Tabulation and the General Social Survey (2012): Trust and the Death Penalty

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By: The Odum Institute Published: 2015 | Product: SAGE Research Methods Datasets
Methods: Cross-tabulation
Data Type: Survey
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Abstract

This dataset example introduces readers to cross-tabulation. Cross-tabulation allows researchers to compare the distributions of two categorical variables to see if they are related to each other. This example uses a subset of data from the 2012 General Social Survey (GSS). It presents a cross-tabulation between views people have on the death penalty and whether or not they think that people can generally be trusted. Results from an analysis like this could help researchers understand how people form opinions on sensitive political issues like the death penalty.

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

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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
  • Lewis-Beck, M. (2004). Cross-Tabulation. In Michael S. Lewis-Beck, A. Bryman, & Tim Futing Liao (Eds.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Social Science Research Methods. (p. 231). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781412950589.n205
  • Contingency Table. (2005). In W. Paul Vogt (Ed.), Dictionary of Statistics & Methodology. (3rd ed., p. 61). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc. http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781412983907.n391
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