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Poverty in America: AEI/LA Times Polls

In 1985, the late I. A. Lewis, director of the LA Times poll, and William Schneider produced a poll on attitudes toward poverty in America.  The survey included an oversample of individuals who were living in poverty according to federal government guidelines.   Questions delved deeply into beliefs about the causes of poverty, perceptions of the conditions in which the poor live, policy preferences for addressing poverty, and knowledge of the demographic make-up of the poor. The results […]

New Dataset: The Chicago Council on Global Affairs 2015 Annual American Survey

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs 2015 Annual American Survey was conducted by The GfK Group (GfK, formerly Knowledge Networks) using a sample from KnowledgePanel.  The study examines the attitudes and perceptions of Americans across a range of U.S. and international public policy issues. Topics include possible threats to the U.S. interests, such as Islamic terrorism, Russian territorial ambitions, China’s economic power, and North Korea’s nuclear program; the government’s preparedness to handle these threats; foreign policy goals […]

New to the Archive: AARP’s Brain Health Survey

AARP’s Fall 2015 Brain Health Survey  provides fascinating insights into what Americans believe affects mental sharpness and what actions they are taking to protect their own brain health. Are Americans worried about cognitive decline? Do they think there’s anything they can do to prevent it? Do they take vitamins, get exercise, or do puzzles to help their mental faculties? Do they talk to their doctors about these issues? Has someone close to them suffered from […]

Featured Datasets in Black Public Opinion

These datasets in black public opinion offer unusual samples or uniquely rich questionnaires that provide valuable insights in black public opinion. […]

Kaiser Family Foundation: HIV/AIDS at 30

As the HIV/AIDS epidemic marked its thirtieth year, the Kaiser Family Foundation released a major national survey – their eighth on the topic since 1995 – to better understand the evolution of public opinion toward the disease and the national efforts to prevent and treat it.

Dataset Abstract: Kaiser Family Foundation 2011 Survey of Americans on HIV/AIDS
Report: HIV/AIDS At 30 by the Kaiser Family Foundation
Toplines: HIV/AIDS At 30 by the Kaiser Family Foundation

Pew Forum 2010 Sub-Saharan Africa Religion Dataset

Tolerance and Tension: Islam and Christianity in Sub-Saharan Africa

Between December 2008 and April 2009, the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, with funding from The Pew Charitable Trusts and the John Templeton Foundation, conducted a survey based on more than 25,000 face-to-face interviews in 19 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, regarding religious beliefs and practices. This survey gauged respondents’ knowledge of and attitudes toward other faiths. It assessed levels of political and economic satisfaction, concerns […]

Prescription Painkiller Abuse – HSPH/Boston Globe Poll

The CDC estimates that almost two million people abused painkillers in the year 2013, and everyday seven thousand people go to the emergency room for misusing these drugs. A new Harvard School of Public Health/Boston Globe asks questions about people’s opinions of and experiences with prescription painkiller abuse. Does prescription painkiller abuse lead to further drug use? Should insurance programs cover treatment programs? What are the causes of prescription painkiller abuse?

The data was collected from […]

Hurricane Katrina: A Look Back

Hurricane Katrina was one of the most deadly, costly, and destructive storms in U.S. history. A decade later, people impacted by the storm are still dealing with its devastating effects. Controversies surrounded both the recovery efforts and New Orleans’ existing emergency preparedness, with critics citing poorly constructed levees for causing the majority of flood damage.

But what did the people directly affected by the storm think about these issues? What were people’s biggest concerns? What had […]