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Two Thumbs Down: 2016 Presidential Candidates’ Favorability

Are Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton the least-liked presidential candidates in recent history? There’s evidence they may be. Trump’s unfavorability ratings have been declining over the last few weeks, but the most recent Gallup poll still placed his unfavorables at 60%, with Clinton’s a lower but still dismal 54%. Other polls have found higher negatives still. Just how bad are these numbers? […]

See America First: Public Opinion and National Parks

The National Parks Service is 100 this year. To celebrate, go camping – or take a look back at over sixty years of polling about our national parks.

Vacation plans

The earliest question in the Roper Center archives about the national park system came in 1955. Gallup asked Americans about their intention to visit a national park; only 15% planned to that year. The same survey found that several parks had been visited by roughly a tenth […]

Incarceration Nation

Interview with Peter Enns, Executive Director of the Roper Center and author of Incarceration Nation: How the United States Became the Most Punitive Democracy in the World

Peter K. Enns, Associate Professor in the Department of Government at Cornell University and Executive Director of the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, is the author of the new book Incarceration Nation, which describes how shifting public opinion on issues of crime and punishment led to the rise of mass incarceration in the United States. […]

Madame President: Public Attitudes

Changing Public Attitudes on a Woman President
As the frontrunner in the Democratic primary, Hillary Clinton has already come closer than any other woman to becoming President of the United States. From the earliest days of public opinion research, polls have been documenting the country’s shift from rejection to skepticism to acceptance of the idea of a woman president. Read more.Do you think America is ready for a woman president or not? CNN/ORC February 2016

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Madame President: Changing Attitudes about a Woman President

As the frontrunner in the Democratic primary, Hillary Clinton has already come closer than any other woman to becoming President of the United States. From the earliest days of public opinion research, polls have been documenting the country’s shift from rejection to skepticism to acceptance of the idea of a woman president.  […]

Public Attitudes on the Legacy of Slavery in the U.S.

Slavery may have ended in 1863, but its legacy reverberates still.  Black and white Americans continue to grapple with the question what relevance this part of the country’s past has to today’s racial issues — and find very different answers. A review of polling on America’s “original sin”: […]

Black Leaders in Public Opinion

Want more polling on black leaders – and perceptions of the relationships of white leaders to the black community? iPOLL has the data.

More resources on black public opinion.

Supreme Controversy: Polling and Court Nominations

The death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has ignited a political firestorm, with Senate Republicans declaring their refusal to vote on any nominee the president might send for confirmation. A review of historical polling on Supreme Court nominations indicates that Republicans may face a backlash in public opinion if they follow Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s vow to keep Scalia’s seat empty until 2017. […]

Resources for Understanding the Flint Water Crisis

Water Crisis: Worry and a Lack of Trust
Two critical issues inform the public response to the Flint water crisis: worries about drinking water and a lack of trust in government. Read Worry and a Lack of Trust.
Perceptions of Health Effects of Pollution
There can be many causes of problems with a person’s health. How important do you think each of the following is as a cause of such problems? How about…being exposed to air, water, or […]