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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 Analytics

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: "The Angus Reid Institute is a national, not-for-profit, non-partisan public opinion research organization established to enhance and encourage better understanding of issues and trends affecting economic, social, governance, philanthropy, public administration, domestic and foreign policy in Canada and its world."
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 (FAQ)
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 Poll Resources
Prepared by Lehigh University Library Services.
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
Quinnipiac University Poll
"Frequently cited by journalists, public officials and researchers, the independent Quinnipiac University Poll regularly surveys residents in Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Iowa, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and nationwide about political races, state and national elections, and issues of public concern, such as schools, taxes, transportation, municipal services and the environment.
The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research
"The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, located at Cornell University, is one of the world's leading archives of social science data, specializing in data from public opinion surveys. The Center's mission is to collect, preserve, and disseminate public opinion data; to serve as a resource to help improve the practice of survey research; and to broaden the understanding of public opinion through the use of survey data in the United States and abroad...holds data ranging from the 1930s, when survey research was in its infancy, to the present. Its collection now includes over 22,000 datasets and adds hundreds more each year." Notable sections include: From Cornell University.
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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