SPSS Exercises

1. Consider three variables in the GSS2016 survey: helpblk, income06, and owngun. Review the corresponding variable labels in the “Variable View” in the GSS2016 file you are using so that you know what questions were used to measure these variables. Are there any ethical issues involved in asking these questions? Do you imagine that some respondents would be more likely to give untruthful answers to these questions? Explain your answers.

2. Examine the cross-tabulation between fundamentalist beliefs and support for the right to abortion after a rape and support for allowing an antireligionist to speak (Analyze→Descriptive Statistics→Crosstabs→ (Rows=abrape, spkath; Columns=fund; Cells/Percentages=columns). Summarize what you have learned about the association between fundamentalist beliefs and feelings about abortion.