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Nebraska Annual Social Indicators Survey, 2019




Smyth, J., & Witt-Swanson, L. (2023, April 24). Nebraska Annual Social Indicators Survey, 2019.


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 2019 NASIS gauges opinions about news and public media, health, Medicaid and health care, alcohol opinions, climate change, water management, and immigration, among others.

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Data File

Cases: 1227
Variables: 221
Weight Variable: HWAT, REG_WT, 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_GRP4), 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.

Data Collection

July 17, 2019 - Sept. 25, 2019

Original Survey (Instrument)

Nebraska Annual Social Indicators Survey, 2019

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 2019 was conducted using a mail survey. The sample included addresses for individuals and households in Nebraska who have an address according to the US Postal Service. The adult (age 19 or older) in the household with the next birthday after July 1, 2019 was asked to complete the survey.

Sampling Procedures

The sample for NASIS 2019 was purchased from Dynata. A total of 4,800 cases were provided to BOSR by Dynata on July 3, 2019. These addresses were drawn throughout Nebraska with equal probability of selection. Known vacant addresses were excluded from the sampling frame. PO boxes were only included in the sampling frame if those were the only delivery point for an address. The initial survey packet was sent to all sampled addresses on July 17, 2019. The survey contained 106 questions in 12 pages. A reminder postcard was sent to all non-responders in all treatment groups about one week after the group's initial mailing (July 24, 2019). In addition to the reminder postcard, a second survey packet was sent to all remaining non-responders on Aug. 9, 2019. All materials were in English.

Principal Investigators

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

File Note

One core item's response options (POLI) were listed on the questionnaire incorrectly. This should be taken into account when analyzing trends with this question.

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