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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. […]

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 […]

New to the Archive: HSPH/RWJF Subethnicities Survey 2007

The Harvard School of Public Health/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Subethnicities Survey 2007 covered public health topics and featured an unusual sample of the many diverse ethnicities of origin in the United States. […]

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

Bureau of Applied Social Research

From 1940 to 1977, the Bureau of Applied Social Research conducted surveys on a wide range of social, professional, and academic issues. BASR was founded by Paul Lazarsfeld in 1937 as the Office of Radio Research.  In 1940, it became part of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Lazarsfeld was a pioneering sociologist whose work on social research methodology revolutionized the field. He has been referred to as the founder of modern empirical […]

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 […]

KAPS: Family Planning Studies

In the 1960s and 70s, the Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices studies surveyed women and men across the world about family planning, birth control, pregnancy, and sex. The majority of the samples are of women under the age of fifty, married women, and women living in cities and metropolitan areas.  The featured countries are Mexico, the United States, Israel, the Philippines, France, Brazil, Ecuador, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Argentina, Colombia, Panama, Venezuela, and Peru.

What is the ideal […]