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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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2016 Election Recap

Did you know the first iPOLL question about the 2016 election appeared in 2013? It's been a long road.

Vote Fraud

Donald Trump has claimed that illegal voting – including voting by non-citizens or people voting under assumed identities – was responsible for Hillary Clinton's popular vote win. Does the American public believe in large-scale vote fraud?

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Andrew Kohut Fellowship Program in Public Opinion & Survey Research

Cornell graduate students and undergraduate students are encouraged to apply to the Andrew Kohut Fellowship Program in Public Opinion & Survey Research ...
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NADDI 2017

Roper Center is proud to co-host the NADDI (North American Data Documentation Initiative) 2017 Conference at Cornell University ...

From the Archive

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New Data Provider: Centro de Estudios Públicos (CEP)

Roper Center is proud to announce that Centro de Estudios Públicos (Center of Public Studies) – CEP, a leading public opinion research organization in Chile, is now a data provider. New datasets from CEP’s National Public Opinion Survey have already been added to Roper’s collection of CEP surveys from the 1980s and 1990s, and more polls will be available soon ...
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Most Important Problem Dataset

Public opinion researchers depend on certain questions as essential public opinion barometers, like presidential job approval or Bud Roper’s right-direction/wrong-track measure. Perhaps no other question is as often used to determine what is foremost in the minds of the public than the open-ended “What do you think is the most important problem facing this country today?” Respondents offer their concerns in their own words, unaffected by potential bias introduced by limited lists of answers ...
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New Data Provider: Public Opinion Programme at the University of Hong Kong (HKU POP )

The Public Opinion Programme at the University of Hong Kong (HKU POP) is now a Roper Center data provider ...
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Immigration Data: America’s Views of Immigration in 2015

Examine America’s views on immigration in recent public opinion polls from ABC News/Washington Post, CBS News, and CNN/ORC ...
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Presidential Approval: New tools

How does presidential approval in Barack Obama’s second term compared to that of George W. Bush? How about to Harry Truman? With the Roper Center’s newly redesigned Presidential Approval Ratings tool, users can easily create graphs to compare approval ratings of up to three presidents across their terms ...