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Membership FAQ

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  • Membership FAQ

  • Faculty and students at Member institutions have Unlimited Access to those datasets in the Roper Center collection that are in ASCII or SPSS portable formats. Simply conduct a search and filter the results on the left by downloadable datasets, then navigate to the Studies tab to see all studies, including those without searchable questions. If a study has an unconverted column binary dataset that is not available for immediate download, you can request that it be made available using the email link provided.

    Materials can be downloaded as a whole with a zip file, or as individual materials in varying formats (depending on what is available for that study.  Some formats may include ASCII, SPSS, Word, PDF, etc.

  • We encourage departments to pool their resources for membership. Frequently, the library of a college or university will hold the membership and serve the entire institution.

  • No, you do not need to have a membership to access our data.

    Some datasets are available for free under the Featured Collections and Classroom Materials pages of our web site.

    We also offer research services and sell individual datasets. Rates for service are available here.

    Study/Dataset details may be viewed without a membership, but questions and their results and dataset downloads are only available to members.

  • You can call Customer Services at (607)255-8129, or visit the List of Members page within this site. If your organization is not listed there, it does not have a membership at this time.  Consider recommending a trial membership to your library.  You can contact Membership for more information.

  • Non-members are welcome to order data from the Roper Center. Capture the dataset(s) title and archive number (e.g., NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll: Barack Obama/Economy [USNBCWSJ2010-9500]) and forward it to Data Services for a price quote. For more information on the price of datasets for non-members visit

  • In terms of pricing Roper Center membership, Doctoral Extensive refers to institutions which grant more than 50 PhDs per year in the social sciences, or other fields that use public opinion data. Doctoral Intensive institutions would be those which grant 50 or fewer PhDs per year.