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Nebraska Annual Social Indicators Survey, 2016




Smyth, J., & Witt-Swanson, L. (2020, August 13). Nebraska Annual Social Indicators Survey, 2016.


The Nebraska Annual Social Indicators Survey (NASIS) aims to survey Nebraskans to create current, topical information about Nebraskans (ages 19 and older) and to monitor change in quality of life. The survey covers topics including environment, health, Nebraska legislature, recreation, family life, among others. A set of core questions are repeated each year, and additional questions are purchased by those interested in gathering additional data. The 2016 NASIS more specifically gauges opinions about natural resources, youth and community, food and health, Eastern Redcedar, drug use, homelessness, engineering, gambling, and transportation.

The ARDA has added six additional variables to the original data set to enhance the users' experience on our site.

Data File

Cases: 1208
Variables: 351
Weight Variable: HWAT, NRWT, PWATE

The data were weighted in three ways: to account for non-responses, population characteristics and household probability of selection. The first weight (HWAT) was used to adjust for within-household selection probability and the poststratification weights (PWATE) were applied based on age (age_grp3), gender (sexr) and region (reg_wt) of the state to better resemble the population. Non-response (NRwt) was weighted by state region.

Data Collection

September 1, 2016 - November 10, 2016

Funded By

Department of Sociology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Bureau of Sociological Research and other state agencies, private non-profit agencies and other university departments.

Collection Procedures

The NASIS for 2016 was conducted using a mail survey. Nebraska households with a known postal address according to the US Postal Service were sampled. The adult (age 19 or older) in the household with the next birthday after July 1, 2016 was asked to complete the survey.

Sampling Procedures

The sample for the 2015-2016 NASIS was purchased by Survey Sampling International, LLC (SSI). The survey was addressed and mailed between September 1, 2016 and September 6, 2016. The survey contained 127 questions in 16 pages. A reminder was sent a week after initial survey launch, then again between September 22, 2016, and September 26, 2016 if there was no response.

Principal Investigators

Bureau of Sociological Research at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln: Dr. Jolene Smyth, Director; Lindsey Witt-Swanson, Assistant Director

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