Roper Data at the Presidential Debates
The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research has long served as a major resource for journalists covering presidential elections. This year, the Roper archive will play an even greater role in press reporting on the Presidential debates. Journalists at the debate site will have easy access to a timeline of 2016 data from U.S. polling organizations, compiled by Roper to provide a public opinion framework. Roper Center polls are being made available as part of MIT Media Lab's Electome project, which is collaborating with the Commission on Presidential Debates. Electome is aimed at illuminating public attitudes about the "horse race of ideas" in the 2016 election. The Electome dashboard is a sophisticated tool for journalists to use in reporting on public engagement with issues through visual presentations of Twitter discussion, media coverage, and high-quality polling data over this election cycle. The Roper Center is proud to be part of this effort to ensure that the voice of the people is represented at these key moments in U.S. political discourse.