Analysis and News

historical polling results that might surprise you

Nine historical polling results that might surprise you

Draft Rosie the Riveter – then fire her In March, 1944, Gallup asked a war-weary country whether they preferred the ...

In memoriam Jay Wilson

Roper Center has lost a great friend. William “Jay” Wilson, Roper Center Board Member and leader in the field of ...

Losses to the Polling Community

The polling community has suffered three heartbreaking losses in the last month. The Roper Center offers our sympathies to the families, ...

Ambivalent Attitudes: The Public and Opinion Polls

Pundits have few kind words for politicians who consult public opinion polls when formulating policy. On the other hand, pollsters ...

Leaders in Public Opinion Research

Crossley, Roper and GallupPioneers in Public Opinion Research

Learn about the social science innovators who built the field of public opinion research.

Warren J. MitofskyMitofsky Award Winners

The Warren J. Mitofsky Award is given in recognition of outstanding research or reporting that uses the Roper Center’s vast public opinion data archives.  Award recipients have included some of the most innovative and influential researchers in the field of public opinion.

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Public Opinion Resources

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Organizations for professionals in survey and public opinion research, market research, social science and statistics

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While the Roper Center has a vast collection of materials to draw from, there may be times when you still can’t find what you’re looking for. We would like to recommend some other sites that may provide you with additional resources.

Image of professionals in public opinionPursuing a career in survey research

If you’re interested in pursuing an education and/or a career in public opinion polling, there are ways you can learn more about the field.

photo of archive shelvesHistory of the Roper Center

From its establishment in 1947 to today, the Roper Center has played a key role in the development of the field of public opinion research.