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Introduction to Polling
Polling 101 Unrestricted Access
An excellent explanation of public opinion polling by the Rober Center for Public Opinion at University of Connecticut.

Polling America: an Encyclopedia of Public Opinion CASE Ref HN90.P8 P645 2005 Unrestricted Access Some full text available
Good introduction to polling, as well as information about specific types of polls (e.g. public opinion about the Supreme Court)

Polling the Nations Restricted Access Some full text available
Click on "All about Polling"

Public Agenda Online Unrestricted Access Some full text available
Several sections provide information about polling: 20 questions, 7 stages of public opinion, best estimates (sample size and margin of error)

Finding Tools
Poll data are frequently reported in books, periodical articles, and news reports. Use the catalog to find data in books and the databases to find data in articles and news.

Books
Search the catalog
  • Subject keyword searches: [TOPIC] and PUBLIC OPINION, or [GEOGRAPHIC AREA] and PUBLIC OPINION
  • Exact subject search: PUBLIC OPINION
  • The subject heading PUBLIC OPINION POLLS retrieves books primarily about polling techniques and use of polls, not poll results
Periodical literature
Good starting databases:
LexisNexis Academic Restricted Access Some full text available
In the left column, select SOUCES, FIND SOURCES, then KEYWORD SEARCH for GALLUP in all publication types. Select Gallup Poll News Service and Gallup Poll Tuesday Briefings, and click on OK - CONTINUE button (on the right). Enter search terms on next screen.

Academic Search Premier Restricted Access Some full text available

Poll Data: Multiple Polls
Polling the Nations Restricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: 1986- present. A compilation of surveys conducted by over 1000 polling organizations in the United States and 100 other countries.

American Public Opinion Data Case Microfiche HM261 .A463 Restricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: 1988-2000. Contains answers to and questions asked in national, state, and local survey and opinion polls. Fiche arranged by polling organization. Search accompanying paper index by subject or by polling organization. Continued by Polling the Nation.

Odum Archive Dataverse Unrestricted Access Some full text available
Archive of Harris (1962- ) and other polls maintained at the Odum Institute for Research in Social Science at the University of North Carolina. Check " within this collection" box next to the search input window.

Program on International Policy Attitudes Studies of U.S. Opinion Unrestricted Access Some full text available
American opinion toward international issues from a variety of polling sources (their own, Zogby, Fox, etc.). PIPA is a joint program of the Center on Policy Attitudes (COPA) and the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM), School of Public Affairs, University of Maryland.

Pulse: A Consumer's guide to public opinion data on the web Unrestricted Access Some full text available
Summarizes and links to polling data, public opinion data, and expert data analyses on issues such as the economy, Social Security, education, health care, and globalization. In addition, the site provides a bimonthly, in-depth analysis of a single public opinion issue. Maintained by the Economic Policy Institute, a nonprofit think tank which conducts research on the U.S. economy, with emphasis on condition of low- and middle-income Americans and their families.

Polling Report.com Unrestricted Access Some full text available
Updated frequently with data from a variety of sources, including Gallup, Harris, Yankelovich, Princeton Survey Research Associates, network news polls. Maintained by the publishers of the magazine Polling Report.

Public Agenda Online Unrestricted Access Some full text available
Covers 18 topics of current interest (click on lssues link): abortion, America's global role, crime, the economy, education, the environment, the federal budget, gay rights, health care, higher education, illegal drugs, immigration, meidcal research, Medicare, poverty and welfare, race, right to die, and social security. Contains briefing on policy and polling -- including "red flags" where poll results may be misleading; a digest of news, legislation, and studies; research sources. Click on

American Attitudes: What Americans think about the issues that shape their lives CASE Ref. HN90.P8 M58 2000 Unrestricted Access Some full text available

Measures of Political Attitudes CASE Ref. JA74.5 .M43 1999 Unrestricted Access Some full text available

ICPSR Unrestricted Access Some full text available
The Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), located within the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan, is a membership-based, not-for-profit organization serving member colleges and universities in the United States and abroad. Colgate is a member and data not available on the Internet can be requested from the University representative. Inquire in the Economics Department. Although the majority of the data deal with the U.S., significant data sets are available for other countries.

Poll Data: Individual Polls
Gallup
  Retrospective:  Case Ref HN90.P8 G29 1999  (1937-1997)
  Annual:  Case Ref  HN90.P8 G35  (1988-- )
  Monthly:  Case Ref HM261.A1 G34  (1971-2002)
  Briefs/Tuesday Briefings (analysis): Case Ref HM261.A1 G34 (Apr. 2002-- )
  LexisNexis Academic (2002-2006)
  Business Source Premier (2002-- )
  Online (1997-- ) Selective material available free

Pew Research Center Unrestricted Access
  Selected Pew Research Center reports (since 2005) on public opinion.
  Pew Research Center for the People & the Press
  Public opinion research dating back to the late 1980s
  Pew Global Attitudes Project Unrestricted Access Some full text available
  International public opinion research from more than 50 countries.

Harris Unrestricted Access Some full text available
Data dates from 1970

Roper Center for Public Opinion Research Unrestricted Access Some full text available
Covers 1935 to the present. Can download in ASCII or SPSS format

General Social Survey Unrestricted Access Some full text available
Contains a standard 'core' of demographic, behavioral, and attitudinal questions, plus topics of special interest, including voting behavior. Many of the core questions have remained unchanged since 1972 to facilitate time-trend studies. Polls U.S. Data available for download. Also available as part of the SDA Statistical Documentation and Analysis Archive at UC Berkeley, which allows online analysis.
International Polls
Pew Global Attitudes Project Unrestricted Access Some full text available
Created with the intent to gauge public attitudes toward globalization, democracy, and a number of other crucial issues. Pew has conducted over 90,000 interviews in 50 countries over the past few years. So far, their work has yielded a number of reports about subjects such as Islamic extremism, the war in Iraq, and prosperity in China.Vew all of these reports on the site or download the datasets used to craft each report.

Polling the Nations Restricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: 1986- present. A compilation of surveys conducted by over 1000 polling organizations in the United States and 100 other countries.

Index to International Public Opinion Case Reference HM261 .I52 Restricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: 1978/79--1996/97. Compendium of data from public opinion polls conducted in 65 countries. Data arranged by subject, within subject by country.

World Public Opinion Unrestricted Access Some full text available
Emphasis on policy and politics. Includes links to region and country poll websites. Not chronologically deep (years vary by subject).

Program on International Policy Attitudes: Studies of World Opinion Unrestricted Access Some full text available
American opinion toward international issues from a variety of polling sources (their own, Zogby, Fox, etc.). PIPA is a joint program of the Center on Policy Attitudes (COPA) and the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM), School of Public Affairs, University of Maryland.

European Social Survey Unrestricted Access Some full text available
A social survey designed to chart and explain the interaction between Europe's changing institutions and the attitudes, beliefs and behaviour patterns of its diverse populations. Free registration. Data downloads in SAS, SPSS, POR, STATA, Statistica, NSDstat, Dbase, and a variety of delimited text formats. For the data savvy only.

European Public Opinion Unrestricted Access Some full text available
Data from several public opinion polls conducted regularly by the European Union. Known as the Eurobarometer.

JPOLL Unrestricted Access Some full text available
Contains more than 10,000 public opinion questions and the respective responses from Japan's major survey research sources, translated into English. Free resource, but you must register before using.



Latinobarometer Unrestricted Access Some full text available
Annual public opinion survey(1995- ) of 18 Latin America countries. Data for most recent 3 survyes must be purchased; older data available for free. Some older data part of a private collection and must be purchased. Some data available in Polling the Nation

Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP) Unrestricted Access Some full text available
Hosted at Vanderbilt University. Data includes the Amercas Barometer, a survey of democratic public opinion and behavior. Free access to reports and simple data analysis online (read the questionaires!). Access to raw data by subscription only. CU does not subscribe.
Catalogs of Data
ICPSR Unrestricted Access Some full text available
Some data available for download; many data sets must be ordered through Colgate's ICPSR representative (ask in Economics Dept). Familiarity with statistical analysis software package advisable.

Roper Center for Public Opinion Research Unrestricted Access Some full text available
Catalog only. Data must be purchased.

Zogby International Unrestricted Access
Very selective data available: recent trends over time only



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