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In memoriam Jay Wilson

Roper Center has lost a great friend. William “Jay” Wilson, Roper Center Board Member and leader in the field of market research, died on March 22, 2015.

Jay Wilson was born in Minnesota in 1936. He attended Yale University and then Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, England, where he attained an M.A. degree-equivalent in Historical Studies. He also studied European economic and political institutions at the University of Vienna.  His father, Elmo “Budd” Wilson, was a prominent market […]

Roper Center will be moving its base of operations

This year the Roper Center will be moving its base of operations from the University of Connecticut, where it has resided for the past 37 years. The Roper Center Board of Directors is currently reviewing a number of excellent proposals for a new partnership committed to continuing the Center’s core mission of preserving, curating, growing and disseminating its holdings; carefully documenting datasets using the best archival and industry standards; maintaining its data in current, easily […]

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CBS News/New York Times 2013-2014

Sixteen CBS News/New York Times studies conducted from June, 2013-June, 2014 are now available for download. These studies cover a wide range of topics including Government Surveillance, Turmoil in Syria and Ukraine, the Debt Ceiling and Government Shutdown, and the Affordable Care Act. View the sixteen studies.

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Fee Increase Effective July 1, 2015

Member Representatives Take Note! Effective July 1, 2015, membership fees will reflect a slight increase of about 1.5%. Visit it the Fees for Membership, iPOLL and Datasets page for the rates effective July 1st.

4th Quarter 2014 Gallup Datasets Now Available

Ten Gallup Organization studies conducted from October-December, 2014 are now available for download. These studies cover a wide range of topics including the Ebola Virus, Immigration, Congress, and the Affordable Care Act. View the 10 new Gallup Polls.

2014 “Non-Employed” Poll

Find out the concerns and experiences faced by out-of-work Americans in this new poll of the non-employed sponsored by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, New York Times, and CBS News.  Expanding beyond the traditional “unemployed,” the “non-employed” includes those people out of work, students, homemakers, retirees, and people with disabilities.  Some of the topics addressed in the survey deal with the impact of non-employment on the respondent’s life (including stress levels and financial impact), […]


The Roper Center collection contains public opinion data on an extremely wide range of topics. 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.
iPOLL questions on immigration

Datasets on immigration

Happy Birthday, Tea Party: The Public’s Views on Contemporary Social Movements

February 27, 2015 marks the 6th anniversary of the first nationally organized Tea Party protests. That first day of protests, sparked by Rick Santelli’s call for a “Chicago tea party” on a February 19, 2009 episode of CNBC’s Squawk Box, led to the formation of a loosely organized network of grassroots groups, known collectively as the Tea Party Movement (TPM). […]