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The National Data Program for the Social Sciences of the National Opinion Research Center (NORC), University of Chicago, is a social indicators and data diffusion program. Its basic purposes are (1) to gather and disseminate data on American society in order to (a) monitor and explain societal trends and constants in attitudes, behaviors, and attributes, and (b) examine the structure and functioning of society in general and the role of various subgroups; (2) to compare the United States to other societies in order to place American society in comparative perspective and to develop cross-national models of human society; and (3) to make high-quality data easily and quickly available to scholars, students, and others. These goals are accomplished by the regular collection and distribution of ...

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