Although who is leading the polls often gets the most attention, surveys consistently ask what the public and likely voters think about important policy issues. The Roper 2020 Topic Tracker shows how many questions on each topic have been asked each week and how these numbers compare to 2016. These are all questions that met the Longstanding Methods data acquisition guidelines and are included in the Roper archive. Users can link directly to the actual questions and results from each 2020 Topic Chart. Click a topic below to get started!
Roper 2020 Topic Tracker
Discover what the U.S. public thinks about key election issues and how this compares to 2016.
The Roper 2020 Coronavirus Topic Tracker shows how many questions have been asked about COVID-19 each week since January 2020. Users can link directly to the actual questions and results from the 2020 Topic Chart by clicking the bars in the chart.
Roper 2020 Topic Tracker: The Environment
Environmental issues; pollution; population control; littering; parks/nature preserves.
Roper 2020 Topic Tracker: Abortion
All questions pertaining to the ethical and policy issues concerning abortion
Roper 2020 Topic Tracker: Vote for President
Presidential elections; vote intent; candidates; nominations; party platform, primaries, did vote, why voted for particular candidate, candidate's stand on issues
Roper 2020 Topic Tracker: Terrorism
Perceptions of international and domestic terror attacks; importance of issue; ratings of institutions/leaders in handling terrorism; concerns and fears.
Roper 2020 Topic Tracker: Immigration
Immigration policy; policing borders; emigration; attitudes towards immigrants and refugees
Roper 2020 Topic Tracker: Health
Health status; health policy; spending on public health, smoking; health and illness, use of doctors, dentists, hospitals; exercise and fitness, health care, health reform, diet, nutrition
Roper 2020 Topic Tracker: Trade
Imports and exports; protectionism; trade agreements including NAFTA
Roper 2020 Topic Tracker: Economics
All questions related to the economy, government spending, employment, poverty and wealth, business, and consumer issues, national economy, free enterprise, federal budget deficit, inflation, stock market