On the Issues

Going All the Way: Public Opinion and Premarital Sex

Fifty years ago during the Summer of Love, the emerging hippie subculture captured the attention of the nation. Young people outraged their elders with unconventional haircuts, clothes, and music; skeptical attitudes about property and traditional religion, and, perhaps most shockingly, belief in free sexual expression outside the bounds of marriage.

50 Years After the Summer of Love

Fifty years later, the summer of 1967—the Summer of Love, of hippies and be-ins, the Long Hot Summer of protests and riots—still stands in the popular imagination as a turning point.
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Public Opinion and the Passage of the Medicare Bill

The early days of public opinion research captured Americans' response to the first major efforts by the U.S. government to provide health care to its citizens, an undertaking that saw success in the passage of Medicare in 1965.
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Presidential Transition in the Polls

The weeks between election and inauguration usually represent a honeymoon period in which the president-elect's decisions are given good reviews by the American people. But this year is different. The first polls on Trump's transition have appeared, and so far, public opinion is decidedly negative.
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Polling and Pearl Harbor

The attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 shocked the U.S. and sent the country into war. At the time, public opinion polling was in its infancy, and early polling organizations, including Roper, Gallup, and NORC, moved quickly to field questions about the public's response.

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2017 Andrew Kohut Fellows Announced

The Roper Center is proud to announce that José Tomás Sánchez Gómez and Claire Liu have been chosen as the inaugural Andrew Kohut Fellows for the summer of 2017 ...

Elmo Roper’s 1968 Interview

On August 14, 1968, Elmo Roper was interviewed by Bob Carlson, director of public opinion research for Standard Oil Company, as part of an intended series of AAPOR/Roper Center interviews with leading figures in polling ...

From the Archive

From Russia with Love: Young Adult Opinions in 1967

While Vietnam was the top issue for the U.S. in polls throughout 1967's Summer of Love, still the Cold War showed no signs of thaw. A special Gallup Poll of College Students’ Views on Russia fielded in June of 1967 provides a fascinating glimpse at how that country was seen by students at the time. Students were tested on their knowledge of Russian literature, geography, history, and politics. They were also asked their opinions on the potential for peace between the U.S. and Russia, their overall impressions of Russia, and their interest in the country. Available demographics include college major, ...

Rural and Urban Mapuche Today

Centro de Estudios Públicos’s (CEP) May 2006 study offers valuable insight into the cultural climate and current conditions of Chile ...

Sex in the Summer of Love: International Public Opinion

As new medical advances in contraception appeared on the market in the 1960s, public opinion regarding family planning and sexual health saw momentous changes ...

Energy and Climate Change in the 2016 Election

In 2016 the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago and the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research released the Energy and Climate Change in the 2016 Election poll of 1,096 adults ...

New Orleans: Recovery Status 10 Years After Katrina

In a 2015 survey of New Orleans residents (n=1,517) by the Kaiser Family Foundation and NPR, pollsters asked participants to share their opinions regarding the conditions in New Orleans and the ongoing rebuilding efforts a decade after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina ...