About Public Perspective
For 14 years, Public
Perspective was the flagship publication
of the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, the oldest and
largest archives of polling data in the world, and the only
magazine devoted entirely to public opinion and polling.
The online collection comprises the entire back
issue run of the magazine. Articles cover a wide range of topics
written by specialists in the field of
polling, as well as eminent political and social scientists,
experts in policymaking and electoral politics, and media. Authors
and contributing editors include advisors, speechwriters, and pollsters
to various presidents; Rhodes Cook, longtime senior political writer
for the Congressional Quarterly; Warren Mitofsky, the "father"
of the exit poll; leading analysts from a number of top government
agencies and think tanks, and commentators and reporters from The
Washington Post, among others.
Feature articles are written
in a non-academic magazine style that is lively and accessible
to general readers without being "dumbed-down." "From
the Field" pieces offer a unique "window" into the
methods, practices, and experiences of polling professionals at
a slightly more technical level.
Every issue of Public
Perspective presents at least 18 pages
of poll results. Vast amounts of both
current and historical data from the Roper Center archives
are distilled and laid out in a clear, easily readable graphic format.
Headings and occasional text boxes guide the reader through comprehensive
analyses of complex subjects and issues highly pertinent to the
political, social, and policymaking debates of the day.