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Foreign Policy Data: American Public Opinion and US Foreign Policy

The Chicago Council Survey is a trusted and widely cited source of longitudinal data on American public opinion about a broad range of US foreign policy and international issues. […]

Polling and Pearl Harbor

The attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 shocked the U.S. and sent the country into war. At the time, public opinion polling was in its infancy, and early polling organizations, including Roper, Gallup, and NORC, moved quickly to field questions about the public’s response. […]

New Dataset: The Chicago Council on Global Affairs 2015 Annual American Survey

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs 2015 Annual American Survey was conducted by The GfK Group (GfK, formerly Knowledge Networks) using a sample from KnowledgePanel.  The study examines the attitudes and perceptions of Americans across a range of U.S. and international public policy issues. Topics include possible threats to the U.S. interests, such as Islamic terrorism, Russian territorial ambitions, China’s economic power, and North Korea’s nuclear program; the government’s preparedness to handle these threats; foreign policy goals […]

NORC: The Early Years

The National Opinion Research Center is a non-profit organization associated with the University of Chicago. NORC has been conducting polls since 1941.  There are over 150 NORC polls from the 1940s and 1950s that document the public’s opinion about World War II, the Cold War, foreign policies, and a range of other topics.

Many of the World War II questions focus on the citizens in Axis countries.  Is it necessary to “hate” the enemies in order […]

2015 ORC/CNN Survey Datasets Available

Seven Opinion Research Corporation/Cable News Network (CNN) national studies conducted from June to December, 2015 are now available for download. These studies cover a wide range of topics including 2016 Presidential Election, International Affairs, Charleston Shooting, Race Relations, Vaccinations, ISIS and Gun Control. View the new ORC/CNN Polls.

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ABC News/Washington Post Poll Update

Six ABC News/Washington Post polls conducted from May, 2014-January, 2015 are now available for download. These studies cover topics including the Economy, CIA, Ebola,  Criminal Justice and Race, and 2016 Presidential Election. View the new ABC News/Washington Post Polls.

Seventy Years of U.S. Public Opinion on the United Nations

On June 26, 1945, delegates from fifty nations gathered in the auditorium of Veterans Memorial Hall in San Francisco to sign the new United Nations charter. The war-weary American people watched the development of this new international organization with significant hope and a touch of skepticism. Over the seven decades since the signing of the charter, how have the American people seen the U.N.? From the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research Archives:
A Union of […]

Public response to Mayaguez incident

2014 TransAtlantic Trends Survey

What role should the United States play in the world?  Should Iran be prevented from obtaining nuclear weapons, and what measures should be taken?  Are countries doing enough to combat economic crises?  Find out what over 13,000 global citizens think about a wide range of international issues in the 2014 TransAtlantic Trends survey.  Questions about immigration, economics, NATO, and international cooperation are featured.  The countries surveyed were France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, […]

2014 Chicago Council on Global Affairs Survey

With frequent debates about defense spending and international intervention, United States foreign policy is often at the forefront of conversations about American identity. What is our role in the world? What moments in our history do we look at with pride, or with shame? At what level should we participate in global conflicts? Find out what the public thinks about these issues in the 2014 Chicago Council Survey of American Public Opinion and US Foreign […]