This is a toy data set derived from the General Social Survey that I intend to use for several purposes. First, the battery of abortion items can serve as toy data to illustrate mixed effects modeling as equivalent to a one-parameter (Rasch) model. Second, I include some covariates to also do some basic regressions. I think abortion opinions are useful learning tools for statistical inference for college students. Third, there's a time-series component as well for understanding how abortion attitudes have changed over time.

gss_abortion

Format

A data frame with 64,814 observations on the following 18 variables.

id

a unique respondent identifier

year

the survey year

age

the respondent's age in years

race

the respondent's race, as character variable

sex

the respondent's gender, as character variable

hispaniccat

the respondent's Hispanic ethnicity, as character variable

educ

how many years the respondent spent in school

partyid

the respondent's party identification, as character variable

relactiv

the self-reported religious activity of the respondent on a 1:11 scale

abany

a binary variable that equals 1 if the respondent thinks abortion should be legal for any reason. 0 indicates no support for abortion for any reason.

abdefect

a numeric vector that equals 1 if the respondent thinks abortion should be legal if there is a serious defect in the fetus. 0 indicates no support for abortion in this circumstance.

abnomore

a numeric vector that equals 1 if the respondent thinks abortion should be legal if a woman is pregnant but wants no more children. 0 indicates no support for abortion in this circumstance.

abhlth

a numeric vector that equals 1 if the respondent thinks abortion should be legal if a pregnant woman's health is in danger. 0 indicates no support for abortion in this circumstance.

abpoor

a numeric vector that equals 1 if the respondent thinks abortion should be legal if a pregnant woman is poor and cannot afford more children. 0 indicates no support for abortion in this circumstance.

abrape

a numeric vector that equals 1 if the respondent thinks abortion should be legal if the woman became pregnant because of a rape. 0 indicates no support for abortion in this circumstance.

absingle

a numeric vector that equals 1 if the respondent thinks abortion should be legal if a pregnant woman is single and does not want to marry the man who impregnated her. 0 indicates no support for abortion in this circumstance.

pid

partyid recoded so that 7 = NA

hispanic

a dummy variable that equals 1 if the respondent is any way Hispanic

Details

Data include all General Social Survey observations from 1972 to 2018 for these variables. Be mindful of missing data.