Explore the Roper Center Archives

The Roper Center holds polling data ranging from the 1930s, when survey research was in its infancy, to the present. Over 650,000  questions of U.S. samples can be searched at the question-level in iPOLL, while RoperExpress offers downloads of over 20,000 datasets from over 100 countries. As part of its mission to maximize use and access for the data in its collection, the Center also provides multiple resources on politics, elections, U.S. policy, and social issues.

Politics

The Roper Center archives provide essential data for understanding U.S. politics. Resources on politics and elections are drawn from the collection’s national public opinion polls, voter exit polls at the state and national level, and other sources.

Presidential Approval

Examine presidential approval ratings from Roosevelt to Obama. Compare each president’s highest and lowest ratings throughout the course of their terms.

Presidential Approval chart

US Elections

Explore voting data, including vote by demographic group, on national and state elections, and key polling indicators of public attitudes at the time of presidential elections.

Obama vs. Romney Electoral and Popular Votes

Issues

The Roper Center collection contains public opinion data on an extremely wide range of topics. Go to Topics at a Glance for overviews of popular subject areas or browse recent Issue Briefs below.

Topics at a Glance

Topics at a Glance offers users prepared iPOLL and dataset searches, issue briefs, featured dataset descriptions, and charts and graphics on some of the most popular subject areas in polling.

Issue Briefs

Curbed Enthusiasm: Voting in 2016

Much has been made of the supposed disenchantment of voters in the current election. In the most recent CBS News/NYT ...
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None of the Above: Polling and Third-Party Candidates

Another election, another chance for a third-party campaign to draw away voters from a major party candidate and effect the ...

Candidates and Tax Returns

Donald Trump has refused to release his tax returns, a decision that Hillary Clinton has denounced with ads that imply ...

Data

The Roper Center archive consists of over 20,000 datasets from public opinion surveys dating back to the 1930s. By collecting and preserving the collection’s U.S. and international datasets, the Center provides opportunities for researchers to conduct detailed secondary analysis and discover new insights years after the original survey was released. Browse recent highlights from the collection below.

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Poverty in America: AEI/LA Times Polls

In 1985, the late I. A. Lewis, director of the LA Times poll, and William Schneider produced a poll on ...
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs

New Dataset: The Chicago Council on Global Affairs 2015 Annual American Survey

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs 2015 Annual American Survey was conducted by The GfK Group (GfK, formerly Knowledge Networks) ...
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New to the Archive: AARP’s Brain Health Survey

AARP's Fall 2015 Brain Health Survey provides fascinating insights into what Americans believe affects mental sharpness and what actions they ...

Want more on election polling data?

Explore various topics in U.S. politics ranging from 1935-present with iPOLL. Search at the question level by keyword, survey organization, date, and more.

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Want more on the issues?

Explore the breadth and depth of U.S. public opinion in iPOLL, at the question level. Search over 600,000 Q&A from every major survey organization or keep exploring the Issue Briefs and Topics at a Glance.

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Search our catalog of holdings by keyword, survey organization, date, and more. Looking for international data? We archive datasets from 100+ countries. Subscribe to our RSS feed for more acquisition updates.

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