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May 2018 Terms and Conditions


These are the historical terms and conditions for use of the Roper Center data and services in force May 2018 to November 17th, 2023. On Saturday, November 18th, 2023, updated General Terms of Use will take effect and will be available here, on this page, at this permanent link,

Please email Roper Member Services with any questions. 


Permission is granted to access iPoll services via IP authentication or with the user name and password provided. User names and passwords must not be divulged to anyone. In the case of accidental disclosure or other breaches of security, the Roper Center must be notified immediately so that corrective measures may be taken (e.g. changing of passwords). Access and use by users of the Roper Center’s website and services are subject to the privacy policy posted on the Roper Center’s website, which may be updated from time-to-time by the Roper Center at its sole discretion.  The Roper Center reserves the right to withdraw permission to access Roper Center Services, including without limitation, iPoll any time, with a prorated adjustment of user fees. Members or users who breach these terms may have access terminated.

[Note: Data refers to any and all information obtained from the Roper Center including data, metadata, datasets, questions, questionnaires, documentation and results of any kind, in any and all forms and formats.]

Respondent Confidentiality

In preparing data for public distribution, the Roper Center takes precautionary measures to ensure that individual respondents cannot be directly identified in a dataset. These measures may include deleting telephone numbers, street addresses, zip codes, names, and any other information that could reasonably lead to the direct identification of a respondent.  On occasion, the Roper Center also finds it necessary to seek to prevent the indirect identification of a respondent by means such as the matching of databases; when this has been done, the recoding or other editing steps that were taken will be recorded in the documentation for the study.

Although the Roper Center takes the initiative to remove all items that may compromise respondent confidentiality, users are responsible for protecting the privacy and confidentiality of respondents. If users discover the identity of any individual or organization, they may not use or deliver the information to any third party and shall report such identifiable information to the Roper Center immediately. All users must agree to 1) use these datasets solely for the purpose of aggregate statistical analysis, 2) make no use of or disclose to any third party the identity of any individual or organization they may have discovered, intentionally or unintentionally, from dataset information, and 3) not create links to any other dataset that could reasonably be used to identify individuals without the advance written permission of the Executive Director of the Roper Center.


All data obtained from the Roper Center’s website, iPoll or other services remain the property of the copyright holder and may not be resold or re-disseminated. Users do not have any right, title interest or claim to intellectual property rights or ownership of any of the data obtained through the Roper Center, modified or unmodified. Users may access or use the services and data in ways that are consistent with US Copyright Law.  However, researchers who are actively collaborating with individuals at non-member institutions may provide a copy of relevant datasets to their collaborators for the duration of the project, after which such collaborators must return or destroy such data.  iPoll searches may be reproduced for instructional or research purposes within member institutions provided access is restricted to members of the institution.

Restricted Uses and Prohibited Activities

A.Neither Members nor Users may re-disseminate any documentation or data obtained from the Roper Center outside of the Member Institution. However, researchers who are actively collaborating with individuals at non-member institutions may provide a copy of relevant data sets to their collaborators solely for their private use in connection with and for the duration of the project, after which they will return or destroy such material. Researchers are advised to obtain a written agreement from such collaborators to abide by the foregoing requirements.
B.The user may not use any pages, parts of pages or downloadable files available on the Site or available through the Services to create or store in electronic form any shared library or archive of information which could be used as a research application and is specifically prohibited from (directly, indirectly or through the use of any software program) creating a databank or database in electronic or structured manual form containing such information.
C.Neither Roper Center data nor any tool, application or other application that works with such data may be placed on any web site without the prior express written permission, which the Roper Center may grant, deny or condition at its sole discretion. If such written permission is granted, any access to such data will be permitted only if access is restricted to authorized users of the web site who have executed agreements with Roper about the use of the data. If the Member Institution ceases to be a member of the Roper Center, individual users may keep copies of data obtained during the membership period, but the data must be removed from web sites or data libraries and cannot be further re-disseminated within the Member Institution.
D.Users may create aggregated analyses, compilations or derivative works using data available from the Roper Center for their own scholarly research and teaching purposes, but may not use any of the data to develop a database, database service (online or otherwise), automated data or text mining applications, or other information resource in any medium (print, electronic or otherwise, now existing or developed in the future) for use by others. Authorized users who create such derivative works, subsets of data or applications and wish to share access should contact the Roper Center to archive their materials with the Roper Center to make them available to the research community. The Roper Center may agree or decline to do so at its sole discretion.
E.Users may present findings from iPoll and results of analysis of Roper Center data in reports and publications. However, they may not offer direct or indirect access to iPoll or any other Roper Center service; for example, they may not use the Services for the benefit of any third party, including without limitation, in an outsourcing or timesharing arrangement or offer to conduct iPoll searches or provide access to data. Results from iPoll searches may be reproduced for teaching purposes within Member Institutions provided access is restricted to members of the institution.
F.No part of the Roper web site or the Services, including logos or icons may be reproduced, transmitted, or stored in any web site, nor may any of its pages or parts thereof be disseminated in any electronic retrieval system or service without prior written permission, which the Roper Center may grant, deny or condition at its sole discretion.
G.Users are expected to download reasonable amounts of data for their research purposes; excessive downloads that, at the sole judgment of the Roper Center, may compromise the integrity of the archives will be investigated and may result in termination of access.
H.Users are to properly cite the original survey and acknowledge the Roper Center as the distributor of the data. This condition applies to information obtained from all Roper Center services including iPoll.
IUsers cannot use, copy or otherwise access any restricted-access portion of the web site, the Services or any content or materials contained in any such area of the Services that have not been licensed and invoiced by the Roper Center.
J.If for any reason, a user gains unauthorized access to Roper Center Data or Materials then these terms and conditions nonetheless apply. In addition to any other rights and remedies available to the Roper Center, the user shall immediately upon notification terminate the practice and to pay all applicable charges. In no event shall such compliance or payment authorize such access.
K.Should an authorized user permit an unauthorized user to access any content or materials to which they have not been licensed, except as specifically permitted herein, the authorized user will be in breach of these terms and may be subject to disciplinary action including, but not limited to loss of access and payment of any applicable charges. Additionally, the user’s Member Institution will be notified and will take reasonable efforts to assist to correct the situation as outlined in the Membership Agreement.

Consequences of Unacceptable Use

A.Use of Roper Center data to infringe the intellectual property rights of others in any way is strictly prohibited and will result in termination of access.
B.Failure to adhere to Roper Center Terms and Conditions may result in termination of access and civil lawsuit/litigation.
C.The Roper Center reserves all rights, including without limitation the right to investigate and to involve and cooperate with law enforcement authorities, and to pursue a civil lawsuit against the User for any alleged or actual illegal activities involving Roper Center services.


Bibliographic Citation

The Roper Center and the original collector of the data must be acknowledged in any resulting papers or publications. Publications based on Roper Center data collections should acknowledge the data sources by means of standard bibliographic citations.  To ensure that source attributions are available for use by future social science researchers, full standard citations must appear in the footnotes or reference sections of publications. Users are further requested to submit these citations to the Roper Center so that the Roper Center may provide funding agencies with appropriate information about use of data resources and obtain a better understanding about the use of those resources. Citations may be submitted by email to Support.

Citations of machine-readable data files contain five major elements:

(1) Authorship, (2) Title, (3) Edition/Version, (4) Producer, and (5) Distributor

General Citation Format:

Authorship. Title [material designator]. Edition/Version. Location of producer: Name of producer [producer], Production date. Location of distributor: Name of distributor [distributor], Distribution date.

 The bibliographic citation for this data collection is:

Cable News Network, USA Today. CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll # 2000-20:
Microsoft/Parents/’Socially Responsible’ [computer file]. 1st Roper Center for Public Opinion Research version.  Lincoln, NE: Gallup Organization [producer], 2000. Ithaca, NY: The Roper Center Cornell University [distributor], 2001.

The above information is based on the citations described within:
Roistacher, Richard C. A Style Manual for Machine-Readable Data Files and Their Documentation. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Dept. of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, 1980.


Roper Center products and services are provided “as is” without warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied. In no event shall the Roper Center or its agents be liable for any indirect, special, punitive, incidental or consequential damages, or other losses arising out of the use of or inability to use our products.

Membership Agreement

Users at member institutions are responsible for knowing and adhering to the terms of the membership agreement. The agreement is available from the Roper Center or from its representative at the member institution.

If the institution ceases to be a member of the Roper Center, individual users may keep copies of data obtained during the membership period, but the datasets and results from iPOLL searches must be removed from web sites or data libraries and cannot be re-disseminated further.

May, 2018