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1989 and 1995 Gun Owner Polls

What do gun owners think about gun control laws and gun related violence? What are their reasons for owning firearms? Under what circumstances have they fired their guns? In these two Yankelovich/Time Magazine/CNN polls, find out what gun owners have to say about these divisive issues. Both polls were conducted before the 1999 Columbine High School shooting, allowing for a unique historical perspective on gun-related topics. Other questions ask about personal gun usage, government involvement […]

2010 Role of Government Survey

In the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation/Harvard/Washington Post Role of Government poll, Americans share their opinions about the appropriate duties and functions of the government.  How much confidence do they have in Washington?  Do they feel that their rights are being threatened by government policies?  What possible reforms could be made to improve the government?  There are also several questions about specific government areas, including Congress, the Supreme Court, and the presidency.  This survey allows […]

2002 PIPA Defense Spending and Foreign Policy Poll

Conducted almost a year after the 9/11 attacks, this Program on International Policy Attitudes poll on foreign policy features questions about defense spending and international relations.  With the 2002 defense budget at around 331 billion dollars, this survey asks about allocation of funds, how to pay for increased spending, and spending to protect other countries.  Foreign policy questions ask about the United States’ dominant position and cooperation with other countries.

The data was collected online from […]

2004 ABC News/Time Magazine Obesity Poll

Around 35% of American adults are obese, and the 2004 ABC News/Time Obesity poll tackles some of the topics surrounding this widespread public health issue. How much time is spent on sedentary activities vs. physical exercise? What is the hardest thing about losing weight? What are the causes of the obesity epidemic, and what possible policies could be put in place to combat it? Questions about the respondent’s own weight, perceived health levels, and negative […]

10th Anniversary Los Angeles Riots Survey

Explore the data from this Los Angeles Times poll, which deals with the complex issues of race relations and police brutality.  Taken on the tenth anniversary of the Los Angeles riots, this survey features questions about the Rodney King verdict and how the city has changed, for better or for worse, over the past decade.  Further questions include whether or not rioting took place in the respondent’s neighborhood, the effect of riots on local businesses, […]

Two Years After September 11th

Conducted two years after the 9/11 attacks, this CBS News Poll asks New York City residents about the effects and changes they’ve experienced over the past two years. What has been the impact on their daily routines? How well protected is NYC from future terrorism? How should the World Trade Center site be memorialized or built upon? Have Arab Americans experienced increased discrimination?

The data in the September 11 anniversary poll was collected August 31st – […]

PSRA/Newsweek Polls – Gay and Lesbian Issues

These two PSRA/Newsweek polls featuring a range of questions about gay and lesbian issues were conducted at the turn of the century. Topics in the 2000 PSRA dataset include protecting the rights of gays and lesbians, the nature of homosexuality (choice vs. inherent), and discrimination against gays and lesbians.  The 2002 dataset asks about the intersections of homosexuality and religious issues, such as gays and lesbians in the clergy, homosexuality as sinful, and ability of gay […]

2001 Poverty in America Poll

The 2001 Poverty in America poll was conducted by ICR for the National Public Radio, the Kaiser Family Foundation, and the Kennedy School of Government. The survey is broken down in to eight sections, each exploring a facet of poverty, including the causes of poverty, perceptions of poor people and welfare recipients, and personal economic hardships. Find out what Americans think about the best ways to help the poor, the perceived moral values of poor […]

2001 NORC Guns Survey

This 2001 NORC Guns Survey, sponsored by Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy Research and the Joyce Foundation, features questions about gun control and ownership. Where should concealed carry weapons be allowed in public? Which crimes should prevent people from purchasing guns? Does owning a gun increase feelings of personal safety? There are also several questions about the death penalty.

The data was collected via telephone May 8th – October 30th, 2001 of 1,558 national adults with […]

2002 National Survey of Latinos

The 2002 Kaiser Family Foundation/Pew Hispanic Center National Survey of Latinos features extensive questions on a wide range of social, political, and economic topics. Along with a national adult sample, the survey was conducted on representative samples of Latinos from six different ethnic groups.  Moral values, patriotism, immigration issues, and health care are some of the many topics discussed.  There are also questions specific to ethnicity and identity, including preferred languages and personal descriptive terms.

The […]