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Health Poll Database Project

Founded in 1947 by Elmo Roper, the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research continues to play a crucial role in the advancement of the field of public opinion research. The Center’s mission is to collect, preserve, and disseminate public opinion data; to serve as a resource to help improve the practice of survey research; and to broaden the understanding of public opinion through the use of survey data in the United States and around the world.

With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Center developed the Health Poll Database. The goals of this database were multiple: to make the health questions more accessible, to make trends easy to find and use, to assist researchers in finding the questions they are interested in by applying topic tags to individual questions, and to educate users on the relationships between different aspects of health and health policy.

Significant technological strides were advanced in the course of the project and have been deployed within Roper iPoll, making a separate, redundant database unnecessary. However, the support from the Center's partners on this project was fundamental to enabling huge strides in the archiving of public opinion data across topic areas.