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Reference Resources: Public Opinion Surveys

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Polling The Nations

Compilation of results of over 500,000 questions from 14,000+ public opinion surveys, conducted in the U.S.and 100 other countries (includes such non-U.S. services as Latinobarometer). Chronological coverage extends from 1986 to the current year.
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PollingReport.com

Polling Report is a periodical devoted to publishing the latest surveys of American public opinion. The PollingReport.comdatabase is updated whenever new polls are released.
The library also has printed issues of the magazine The Polling Report.
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American Attitudes: What Americans Think About The Issues That Shape Their Lives

Fifth edition (2008) provides a broad overview of American public opinion, covering such areas as religion, race, family and friends, sexual attitudes, and more. You may view a copy of the table of contents.
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Exit Polls: Surveying The American Electorate, 1972-2010

2012 reference work "explores the trends in longitudinal variables asked in the national Election Day exit polls from their beginning in 1972 to the present," tracing comparable survey items that have appeared in multiple exit polls. Includes both narrative chapters and statistical compilations.
This item was purchased with funds from the University Library's annual book-sale.
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Gallup Poll

Reports and analysis.
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Guide To Public Opinion Poll Web Sites

Compilation of sites is particularly useful for identifying free-of-charge Internet sites containing general public opinion polls.
Please remember Leyburn Library subscribes to several major commercial public opinion services that are not accessible through this compilation.
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Harris Poll

Access to results of weekly public opinion surveys "on a wide variety of subjects including politics, the economy, healthcare, foreign affairs, science and technology, sports and entertainment, and lifestyles" from 2004 to date.
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Inter-University Consortium For Political And Social Research (ICPSR)

"Search and browsing access to abstracts and data sets in the world's largest archive of computerized social science data." For assistance in acquiring data-sets, contact Carol Hansen Karsch.
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Pew Research Center

Nonpartisan "fact tank" that provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. It includes seven projects: Pew Research Center for the People & the Press; Project for Excellence in Journalism; Stateline.org; Pew Internet & American Life Project; Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life; Pew Hispanic Center; Pew Global Attitudes Project; and Pew Social and Demographic Trends.
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Polling The Nations

Compilation of results of over 500,000 questions from 14,000+ public opinion surveys, conducted in the U.S.and 100 other countries (includes such non-U.S. services as Latinobarometer). Chronological coverage extends from 1986 to the current year.
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PollingReport.com

Polling Report is a periodical devoted to publishing the latest surveys of American public opinion. The PollingReport.comdatabase is updated whenever new polls are released.
The library also has printed issues of the magazine The Polling Report.
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Program On International Policy Attitudes

The Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA) carries out research on public opinion on foreign policy and international issues by conducting nationwide polls, focus groups and comprehensive reviews of polling conducted by other organizations.
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Public Agenda

Nonpartisan, nonprofit public opinion research and citizen education organization.
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Public Opinion And Polling Around The World

Overview of public opinion from its roots in colonial America to its role in today's emerging democracies. More than 100 entries prepared by top scholars examine the 200-year history of public opinion, measurement methodologies with an emphasis on telephone interviews and Internet polls, and key figures like George Gallup and Elmo Roper, who created their own polling systems.
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Social Trends In American Life

Drawing on the General Social Survey -- a social science project that has tracked demographic and attitudinal trends in the United States since 1972 --- this 2012 volume offers a window into diverse facets of American life, from intergroup relations to political views and orientations, social affiliations, and perceived well-being. You may preview the contents.
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Washington Post Opinion Surveys And Polls

Data and analysis from the Post's "vault" of political polling.
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