The Roper Center collection contains public opinion data on an extremely wide range of topics. Topics at a Glance offers users prepared iPOLL and dataset searches, issue briefs, featured dataset descriptions, and charts and graphics on some of the most popular subject areas.

More resources on personal health, healthcare, and overall health from the archive.

Interpretive analysis

President Lyndon B. Johnson signs Medicare Bill

Public Opinion and the Passage of the Medicare Bill

The early days of public opinion research captured Americans' response to the first major efforts by the U.S. government to provide ...

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: ...

Water Crisis: Worry and a Lack of Trust

Headlines about lead poisoning from contaminated water in Flint, Michigan ask how such a thing could happen here. Americans, however, ...
Birth control pills

Public Attitudes about Birth Control

Fifty years ago, just five years after the FDA approved the first birth control pill, the Supreme Court struck down ...

Public Attitudes about Mental Health

Mental health care in the U.S. underwent significant changes over the past decade. New regulations mandated increases in mental health ...

Public Confidence in Local Hospitals

Where We Live - WNPR by Lydia Brown (John Dankosky and Chion Wolf contributed to this show) It’s been just ...
Ebola virus

The Public and Ebola: What the Polls Say

The news stories now follow a familiar pattern: an outbreak of a new and frightening disease on another continent, the ...
Person standing on a scale

The Public’s Perception of the Obesity Epidemic

Obesity has been called a major health crisis and a national epidemic. Health authorities, including prominent spokespeople like Michelle Obama ...

This Is Your Brain on Poverty

Where We Live - WNPR by John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski WNPR News Guests discuss the ...

A Brief History of Public Opinion on the Government Role in Health Care

In 1938, 78% of Americans advocated the federal take on responsibility for providing medical care for those unable to pay ...
Powerful tools

Powerful Tools: The Consumer’s Changing Role on Health Care

Public Perspective, May/June 2003. In the past decade, we have seen the power of the public's ability to say "no" ...
Healthcare reform

The Public Decides on Health Care Reform

Public Perspective, September/October 1994. For the last several years, and intensely over the Clinton administration's first 20 months, the U.S ...

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brain

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 ...
Image of United States filled with faces of many ethnicities

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 ...
HIV & AIDS

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 ...
hand holding painkiller pills

Prescription Painkiller Abuse – HSPH/Boston Globe Poll

The CDC estimates that almost two million people abused painkillers in the year 2013, and everyday seven thousand people go ...
What Shapes Health?

What Shapes Health?

When people say that they're healthy, what do they mean? What external factors can cause health problems, and what is it ...
Gallup Organization

2nd Quarter 2015 Gallup Data Available

Eight Gallup Organization studies conducted from April-June, 2015 are now available for download. These studies cover a wide range of ...
Kaiser Family Foundation logo

Kaiser Health Tracking Series Updated

The Kaiser Health Tracking Series is conducted monthly to gain the public's views on the US health care system.  The ...
Employers perspectives on health insurance market

Employers Perspectives on the Health Insurance Market

New health care legislation affects small business owners in unique ways.  They deal first-hand with the potential fiscal and staffing ...
Supreme Court building

2014 Kaiser Family Foundation Poll – ACA and the Supreme Court

After the Affordable Care Act was passed, the Supreme Court dealt with the case of for-profit companies providing birth control ...
Hand holding pills

Data Set Released for “Medication Adherence in America: A National Report Card 2013”

The Roper Center is pleased to announce the release of the dataset for the National Community Pharmacists Association's Medication Adherence in America: A National ...
feet on scale

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 ...

Charts & graphics