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Exit Polls FAQ

Exit Polls FAQ

  • Exit Polls

  • Yes, older Exit Polls conducted by individual media organizations are exempted from this process.  Access application-exempt Exit Polls here.

  • Yes, the Roper Center offers some  historical Exit Polls from Mexico.

  • Additional information is available from Edison Research at this page.

  • Researchers from Roper member institutions need to submit an application with a data protection plan and certified digital or scanned signatures from appropriate institutional representatives to Roper Center Data Services. Exit Poll datasets are included with membership; non-members need to pay appropriate fees (see dataset pricing). Non-members should complete the application approval process before making payment.

    Applications will be reviewed as quickly as possible. Roper Center will work with researchers to facilitate successful applications. Attention to detail in the completion of the application will speed processing; researchers are highly encouraged to review sample documents. Datasets are delivered to approved researchers via a secure FTP site.

  • Roper’s collection dates back to the very first Exit Poll, conducted by CBS News in 1972. Exit Polls were conducted in U.S. national presidential election from 1972-1980. The first Exit Polls in a midterm election were fielded in 1982.

  • Researchers who have previously-approved applications are welcome to submit an amendment to their previous application listing the intended use of the new datasets, the specific datasets required, and the time period for the extension. Roper Center will require a new application for projects that substantively increase the scope of the original research project.

  • The 2014 and 2016 primary datasets are available in SPSS, Stata, and .csv formats.

  • Complete lists of state primary Exit Polls and state national election Exit Polls are available.

  • The U.S. Exit Polls are conducted by Edison Research on behalf of the National Election Pool (NEP), a consortium of major media organizations.

  • All states are represented in each year’s national Election Day poll. The NEP determines which states will be included in the primary and Election Day state-level polling.

  • The NEP generously makes the Exit Poll data available for research purposes. This application process ensures that the data are only used for the intended research purposes

  • Yes! NEP will send this data as soon as they are able. If you would like to be alerted when these polls become available, please email Data Services.