Analyzing the Data

We are finally at the part of our project where we can answer our research question about whether there is a link between race/ethnicity and attitudes about whether there is too much, too little, or about the right amount of attention paid to race and racial issues in our country. Our independent variable will be the new race variable we created (racerecode) and the dependent variable is called Q16.

As we start this new phase of analyzing the data, you will need to open a new syntax window to record your commands. You may feel like an expert at this by now, but if you forget how to open a syntax window, you can click on this link to get a little bit of background information before you start processing the data.

Because we have a nominal-level independent variable, and an ordinal level dependent variable, a chi-square test is a good option. Go ahead and run this test and take a look at the results. If you do not know how to run this test in SPSS, you can mouseover here for further instructions.

Once you have run the tests, make sure you have pasted the syntax into the syntax window and saved it as analysis.sps (this file should go in your command files folder). Write a brief paper describing the results of your test. Make sure you describe the crosstabs, including giving some illustrative percentages, and report on both the chi square test and the measure of association.

As always, think about what your findings mean in the real world. Are you surprised by the results? What might be some of the factors that explain the differences between groups that you see?