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Gallup 1958 Old Age Survey

Studies of people of extreme old age – centenarians and their comparatively youthful 90-something counterparts – have become common only in recent decades, as the number of people of exceptional longevity has increased dramatically. Research on these individuals has focused on their health and health-related behaviors and has been conducted primarily by gerontologists. But in 1958, the Gallup polling firm conducted one of the earliest studies of this population, an extensive survey of 402 people who reported their age as 95 or older.

This survey, available from the Roper Center, is unique not only in its sample population but in the depth and breadth of the topics covered, resulting in a dataset with over 1,400 variables. […]

Public Health in Low-Income Southern States

The Low-Income Southern States Survey series from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health is now available in the archive. […]

Concerns of Rural America

In June 2017, the Kaiser Family Foundation in partnership with The Washington Post released a poll of 1,686 national adults […]

Public Opinion and the Passage of the Medicare Bill

The early days of public opinion research captured Americans’ response to the first major efforts by the U.S. government to provide health care to its citizens, an undertaking that saw success in the passage of Medicare in 1965. […]

New to the Archive: AARP’s Brain Health Survey

AARP’s Fall 2015 Brain Health Survey  provides fascinating insights into what Americans believe affects mental sharpness and what actions they are taking to protect their own brain health. Are Americans worried about cognitive decline? Do they think there’s anything they can do to prevent it? Do they take vitamins, get exercise, or do puzzles to help their mental faculties? Do they talk to their doctors about these issues? Has someone close to them suffered from […]

New to the Archive: HSPH/RWJF Subethnicities Survey 2007

The Harvard School of Public Health/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Subethnicities Survey 2007 covered public health topics and featured an unusual sample of the many diverse ethnicities of origin in the United States. […]

Resources for Understanding the Flint Water Crisis

Water Crisis: Worry and a Lack of Trust
Two critical issues inform the public response to the Flint water crisis: worries about drinking water and a lack of trust in government. Read Worry and a Lack of Trust.
Perceptions of Health Effects of Pollution
There can be many causes of problems with a person’s health. How important do you think each of the following is as a cause of such problems? How about…being exposed to air, water, or […]

Water Crisis: Worry and a Lack of Trust

Headlines about lead poisoning from contaminated water in Flint, Michigan ask how such a thing could happen here. Americans, however, may be somewhat less than surprised that U.S. drinking water could be contaminated. Polling shows that, though a crisis on the scale of Flint’s may be shocking, many Americans have long held concerns about drinking water – and low levels of trust in the government charged with protecting its safety.
Worried about water
Concerns about water quality […]

Kaiser Family Foundation: HIV/AIDS at 30

As the HIV/AIDS epidemic marked its thirtieth year, the Kaiser Family Foundation released a major national survey – their eighth on the topic since 1995 – to better understand the evolution of public opinion toward the disease and the national efforts to prevent and treat it.

Dataset Abstract: Kaiser Family Foundation 2011 Survey of Americans on HIV/AIDS
Report: HIV/AIDS At 30 by the Kaiser Family Foundation
Toplines: HIV/AIDS At 30 by the Kaiser Family Foundation

Prescription Painkiller Abuse – HSPH/Boston Globe Poll

The CDC estimates that almost two million people abused painkillers in the year 2013, and everyday seven thousand people go to the emergency room for misusing these drugs. A new Harvard School of Public Health/Boston Globe asks questions about people’s opinions of and experiences with prescription painkiller abuse. Does prescription painkiller abuse lead to further drug use? Should insurance programs cover treatment programs? What are the causes of prescription painkiller abuse?

The data was collected from […]