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Each round of SOSS includes a set of basic demographic, economic, and political questions. These "core" questions provide a standard set of background variables and allow researchers to monitor change in the economic and political orientations of Michigan. 


  • Age
  • Ethnicity and Race
  • Gender
  • Marital Status
  • Religion
  • Education Level
  • Employment
  • Income
  • Union Membership
  • Place of Residence
  • County


  • Business Conditions
  • Employment Situation
  • Present, Future, and Past Financial Situation


  • Political Ideology
  • Political Party Identification
  • Approval of the President
  • Approval of the Governor
  • Most Important Community Problem (Winter rounds only)
  • Trust in Government (Winter rounds only)
  • Most Important Government Issue (Winter rounds only)