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Save the Date: Arthur Lupia

We are pleased to announce that Arthur “Skip” Lupia will be the inaugural speaker at the CIPA – Roper Center Public Opinion Speaker Series. […]

Student Employment at the Roper Center

Students, both graduate and undergraduate, have always been integral to the Roper Center. Students work in the archive, processing new datasets to make them ready for download, converting historical datasets into usable formats, writing dataset abstracts, and digitizing the documentation that ensures data can analyzed and understood into the future. Students work in the iPOLL database, adding new questions to keep the archive up-to-date, and proofing to ensure quality. Over the years, students have played […]

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What’s the difference between RoperExplorer and iPOLLPlus?

I hear a lot about unreliable polls; if a poll is archived at the Roper Center, does that mean I can trust it?

How do I design a search so I don’t get 5000 results — or none at all?

Why can I find some polls in iPOLL, but not in the dataset catalog, and vice versa?

How can two questions get such different responses when they seem to be asking about the same […]

Season’s Greetings from the Roper Center

The staff are looking forward to their winter break so that they might enjoy the pleasures of the season: sipping cocoa, playing in the snow, seeing family, looking at polls from holidays gone by. What? Doesn’t everyone celebrate with public opinion data? But they’re the most wonderful toplines of the year! Here, try some delicious tidbits from the Ghosts of Winter Polls Past:


1938: Gallup found 28% of Americans planned to make a New Year’s resolution. In […]

The People of the Roper Center at UConn: An Appreciation

In 1978, just after the Roper Center relocated to the University of Connecticut from its first home at Williams College, Donald Deluca, Director of User Services at the Roper Center, reviewed the resources and services of the Center in an article in the Journal of Conflict Resolution. He noted the value of the collection: thousands of surveys from more than 70 countries made available to users from more than 40 member institutions. Looking toward the future, […]

Roper Center at Cornell University

The Board of Directors of the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, the world’s largest archive of public opinion data, is pleased to announce the selection of Cornell University as its new host institution.

“We are delighted that Cornell will be the center’s new home,” said Robert Y. Shapiro, chairman of the Roper board. “This move brings the nation’s leading archive of survey data to one of the nation’s great universities.”

The Roper Center at Cornell University […]

Why You Should Make a Personalized Account

Being IP authenticated on your campus enables you to conduct some searches (like online stores let you shop without signing in), but using your personalized account permits you much greater access and the ability to utilize more tools.
Sign in to make use of these research tools—

Download datasets (it is required that the individual agree to the terms of responsible use to access data at this level)
Use RoperExplorer, an online data analysis tool to run crosstabs […]

Welcome American Viewpoint & Ohio Wesleyan University

Students, faculty, and staff at Ohio Wesleyan University and colleagues at American Viewpoint now have full access as members of the Roper Center. To access Roper Center resources from off-campus or see if your institution is a member, check out our List of Members page.

Welcome Middlebury College and Kent State University!

Students, faculty, and staff at Middlebury College and Kent State University now have full access as members of the Roper Center. To access Roper Center resources from off-campus or see if your institution is a member, check out our List of Members page.

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 […]