Public Opinions & Polls

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National Polls
Harris Vault
"Search over 40 years of data, spanning a wide array of social issues, from the longest running proprietary survey of public opinion in the world." From Harris Interactive.
Gallup Polls
Recent polls, data, and analysis of public opinions on current issues.
Rasmussen Reports
"Rasmussen Reports is an electronic media company specializing in the collection, publication, and distribution of public opinion polling information."
Zogby International
"Zogby International has been tracking public opinion since 1984 in North America, Latin America, the Middle East, Asia, and Europe."


Other Polls & Related Information
American National Election Studies (ANES)
Includes "data on voting, public opinion, and political participation to serve the research needs of social scientists, teachers, students, policy makers and journalists who want to better understand the theoretical and empirical foundations of national election outcomes."
Angus Reid Global Monitor: World Opinion In Context Every Day
Over 20,000 polls. Browse by topic or search. A quote from their About page: "Our polling work on political, social and economic policy is frequently quoted in the world's leading publications of worldwide political, social, and economic affairs."
European Commission: Public Opinion Analysis
"Our surveys and studies address major topics concerning European citizenship: enlargement, social situation, health, culture, information technology, environment, the Euro, defence, etc." Downloadable results are often in the Adobe Reader PDF document format.
History of Opinion Polling
From PBS.
Kaiser Family Foundation Polls
"The Kaiser Family Foundation is a non-profit, private operating foundation focusing on the major health care issues facing the U.S., as well as the U.S. role in global health policy."
Marist College Institute for Public Opinion
"Founded in 1978, the Marist Institute for Public Opinion (MIPO) is a survey research center at Marist College. MIPO provides educational opportunities for students and information on elections, policy, and popular issues for the public. MIPO regularly measures public opinion across the nation, in New York State and New York City."
National Council on Public Polls (NCPP)
"The National Council on Public Polls (NCPP) is an association of polling organizations established in 1969.Its mission is to set the highest professional standards for public opinion pollsters, and to advance the understanding, among politicians, the media and general public, of how polls are conducted and how to interpret poll results." Includes 20 questions people should ask about poll results, as well as analysis of how the polls did in comparison to election results from 1936 to the present."
New York Times Polls
"An index of complete results and related articles for recent New York Times surveys."
Pew Global Attitudes Project
"The Pew Global Attitudes Project is a series of worldwide public opinion surveys that encompasses a broad array of subjects ranging from people's assessments of their own lives to their views about the current state of the world and important issues of the day. More than 175,000 interviews in 54 countries have been conducted as part of the project's work." Includes news of public opinions on current events, reports (surveys), and sets of data.
Polls and Surveys: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Sections include: Election Polling Resources, What is a "Push" Poll?, Do Response Rates Matter?, What is a Random Sample?, Why do Election Polls Vary?, Is Survey Research Covered by the Do Not Call Rules?, What Information Should Survey Researchers Disclose. From the American Association for Public Opinion Research.
Public Opinion & Polling WorldWide
Categories include: Foreign & Multinational Polls, Major U.S. Media Polls,Public Opinion in the U.S., Public Opinion Studies in Scholarly Journals, Survey Research: Learning & Teaching. Web guide provided by Northwestern University Library.
Public Opinion Surveys
Categories include: National Opinion Surveys, Sites with a State or Regional Emphasis, Non-U.S. Multinational or Cross-National Surveys, Other Lists of Public Opinion Sites. From the CISER (Cornell Institute for Social and Economic Research) Data Archive, Cornell University
The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research
"The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research is one of the world's leading archives of social science data, specializing in data from surveys of public opinion. The data held by the Roper Center range from the 1930s, when survey research was in its infancy, to the present. Most of the data are from the United States, but over 50 nations are represented." From the University of Connecticut. You can browse Topics at a Glance and Elections, among some other polls, freely. Access to the advanced data sets requires premium membership. Also available: Fundamentals of Polling, Analyzing Data: Interpretive Analysis, and a glossary of polling terminology.
Twenty Questions A Journalist Should Ask About Poll Results
"This publication is designed to help working journalists do a thorough, professional job covering polls." From the National Council on Public Polls (NCPP).
US News and World Report: Polls in the News

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