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Nebraska Annual Social Indicators Survey, 2018




Smyth, J., & Witt-Swanson, L. (2023, April 24). Nebraska Annual Social Indicators Survey, 2018.


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 changes in quality of life. The survey covers topics including the environment, housing, health, Nebraska legislature, recreation, education, family life, among others. A set of core questions is repeated each year, and additional questions are purchased by those interested in gathering additional data. The 2018 NASIS asks questions about LGBT rights, 4-H, youth and media.

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

Data File

Cases: 938
Variables: 315
Weight Variable: HWAT, REG_WT, AGE_GRP2, SEX, PWATE

The data were weighted in three ways to account for the within-household probability of selection, nonresponse and population characteristics. First, data were weighted by the number of adults living in the household (HWAT) in order to adjust for within-household selection probability. Then, the data were weighted for nonresponse by state region (REG_WT). Lastly, poststratification weights were applied based on age (AGE_GRP2), gender (SEX) and state region (REG_WT) in order for the data to more closely resemble the population. The final weight in the dataset is called PWATE. (See original Survey below)

Data Collection

July, 24, 2018 - Oct. 30, 2018

Original Survey (Instrument)

Nebraska Annual Social Indicators Survey, 2018

Funded By

Department of Sociology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Bureau of Sociological Research, and other state agencies and educational and research organizations.

Collection Procedures

The NASIS for 2018 was conducted using a mail survey. Nebraska households with a known postal address were sampled. The adult (age 19 or older) in the household was asked to complete the survey. Prior to 2009, the NASIS was administered as a telephone interview.

Sampling Procedures

'The sampling design of NASIS 2018 mail survey used a postal delivery sequence-based sample of household addresses (ABS). The sample included addresses for individuals and households who have an address according to the US Postal Service.' (Source: 2018 NASIS Methodology Report - see link above)

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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