Society changes over time, in ways that are often subtle and sometimes sudden. The Center for the Study of Politics & Society is keeping track.
The Center’s National Data Program for the Social Sciences (NDPSS) conducts two highly respected surveys — the General Social Survey (GSS), NORC’S longest-running project, and the International Social Survey Program (ISSP), a comparative effort that extends to 40-plus other countries. Together, they maintain NORC’s lead in understanding people’s beliefs and practices.
Specifically, the NDPSS has three primary purposes:
- Gathering data on American society in order to monitor and explain trends and constants in attitudes, behaviors, and attributes.
- Gaining fresh perspectives on American society by comparing the United States to other societies, and developing cross-national models of understanding human society.
- Making high-quality data easily accessible to scholars, students, and others with minimal cost and waiting.
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As Americans’ social and political outlook evolves, NORC remains consistent and resolute in monitoring it.
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Journal Article | July 1, 2022
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Journal Article | December 10, 2021