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Updated September 6, 2011

Survey Research
Polling Report
Use this to locate specific questions asked in polls during the past decade. as reported by"An independent, nonpartisan resource on trends in American public opinion." Many questions come from polling organizations below.

Gallup Poll

"George Gallup founded the American Institute of Public Opinion -- which evolved into The Gallup Organization -- in 1935. Since then, Gallup-affiliated organizations in the United States and throughout the world have assessed public opinion on a wide range of political, social, and economic issues, including the hopes and fears of people around the globe, their leisure-time activities, their morals and manners, and their religious beliefs."
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press
"An independent, non-partisan public opinion research organization that studies attitudes toward politics, the press and public policy issues.. . . The Center conducts regular monthly polls on politics and major policy issues as well as the News Interest Index, a weekly survey aimed at gauging the public's interest in and reaction to major news events. Shorter commentaries are produced on a regular basis addressing the issues of the day from a public opinion perspective. In addition, the Center periodically fields major surveys on the news media, social issues and international affairs."
National Opinion Research Center
Founded in 1941, NORC is based at the University of Chicago. It is especially noted for its General Social Survey, which started in 1972 and continues to monitor social change and the growing complexity of American society.
Roper Center for Public Opinion Research
"The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research is one of the world's leading archives of social science data, specializing in data from surveys of public opinion. The data held by the Roper Center range from the 1930s, when survey research was in its infancy, to the present. Most of the data are from the United States, but over 50 nations are represented."
American National Election Studies
Originating in 1948 at the Survery Research Center at the University of Michigan, ANES has a body of comparable national surveys for American presidential elections since 1952.
IBOPE Zogby International Polls
Founded in 1984 by John Zogby, it merged in 2010 with IBOPE Intelligencia of Brazil. It has polling experience in more than 50 countries.
Odum Institute Data Archive
Affliated with the University of North Carolina: "The Dataverse Network at Odum contains one of the oldest and largest catalog of machine-readable data in the U.S. It has an extensive collection of U.S. Census data, including one of the most complete holdings for 1970 Census files. Other major sources of data include the North Carolina State Data Center, which distributes North Carolina census data, and the National Center for Health Statistics. Many studies are public, but note that some studies are restricted to UNC affiliates."
NPR/Kaiser/Kennedy School Polls
Three institutions collaborate in conduction national polls on imporant issues in politics, business, health, science, and pbuclic affairs.
NPR/Kaiser/Kennedy Poll: Americans Distrust/Want Government
An example, is this report from a 2000 poll: "Americans may say they distrust government, but a new survey by NPR, the Kaiser Family Foundation, and Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government casts doubt on what they really mean when they say that: Most Americans, the survey found, want more government involvement and more government regulation to solve the nation's problems."
American Viewpoint
"American Viewpoint is one of the most widely-respected public opinion research and strategic message consulting firms in the United States. Founded in 1985 by Linda DiVall, the company has established a national reputation for outstanding quantitative and qualitative research in politics, corporate affairs, public policy and government relations." This firm does surveys for Republican and business clients.
Americans and the World: Public Opinion on International Affairs
"Welcome to the Americans and the World website, a source of in-depth information on US public opinion on international issues. The site includes The Digest, which provides comprehensive analyses of polling on various international topics. Over the coming months we will periodically release analyses of US public opinion on other international topics."
Arab-Americans Institute
"As the only national organization that promotes Arab American participation in the U.S. electoral system, AAI has developed a host of services, from voter education to liaison with the national parties, to support the community's activities. We are also the leading policy and research organization on domestic and policy concerns of Arab Americans." Conducts its own polls and issues reports.
Center on Policy Attitudes 
"Created to help give a greater voice to the American public in the policymaking process. Founded in 1992, COPA seeks to deepen understanding of American public attitudes by conducting in-depth nationwide polls, focus groups, and interviews; integrating its findings together with data from other organizations into a coherent analysis of majority opinion; and actively communicating its findings to the policymaking community, the media, academia and the public."
Global surveys of 14-year olds
"The IEA Civic Education Study is the largest and most rigorous study of civic education ever conducted internationally. This research tested and surveyed nationally representative samples consisting of 90,000 14-year-old students in 28 countries, and 50,000 17- to 19-year-old students in 16 countries throughout 1999 and 2000. Questionnaires were also administered to teachers and school principals. The content domains covered in the instrument were identified through national case studies during 1996-1997 and included democracy, national identity, and social cohesion and diversity. The engagement of youth in civil society was also a focus."
Public Agenda: Public Opinion and Policy Analysis
"Public Agenda, an innovative public opinion research and public engagement organization, works to strengthen our democracy's capacity to tackle tough public policy issues. Nonpartisan and nonprofit, Public Agenda was founded by social scientist and author Daniel Yankelovich and former Secretary of State Cyrus Vance in 1975."
United States Ecological Data Sources
Northwestern University LibGuide: Data and Statistics
Compiled by Northwestern Librarian Lucy Lyons, this links to twenty-some different topic areas.

University of Michigan Research Guide

This Guide to "Governmetn, Politics, & Law" lists topics from "Afro-Americans and the Military" to the "United Nations."
Dataverse Network
This is for the really curious. "The Dataverse Network is an application to publish, share, reference, extract and analyze research data. It facilitates making data available to others, and allows to replicate others work. Researchers and data authors get credit, publishers and distributors get credit, affiliated institutions get credit."
Association of Religion Data Archive
The Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA) strives to democratize access to the best data on religion. Founded as the American Religion Data Archive in 1997 and going online in 1998, the initial archive was targeted at researchers interested in American religion. The targeted audience and the data collection have both greatly expanded since 1998, now including American and international collections and developing features for educators, journalists, religious congregations, and researchers. Data included in the ARDA are submitted by the foremost religion scholars and research centers in the world."
Hartford Institute for Religious Research
Hartford Seminary's Hartford Institute for Religion Research's web site present summaries of current religion research by Hartford Institute for Religion Research faculty as well as the research done by other sociologists of religion.
Data on the Net
"Search or browse our listing of 363 Internet sites of numeric Social Science statistical data, data catalogs, data libraries, social science gateways, addresses and more."
POLIDATA: Demographic and Political Data Guide
The Demographic and Political Guides Division of POLIDATA compiles data from official sources and publishes reports based upon demographic census information, political election information, and other data related to the art of politics
Working in the 21st Century
Run by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, "Working in the 21st Century is a portrait of the U.S. workforce at the beginning of the New Millennium: a set of charts and related information about subjects ranging from education levels to retirement plans."
Michigan 2010 Census Scope Tool
"Working in the 21st Century is a portrait of the U.S. workforce at the beginning of the New Millennium: a set of charts and related information about subjects ranging from education levels to retirement plans."
Economic Policy Institute
" The Economic Policy Institute (EPI), a non-profit, non-partisan think tank, was created in 1986 to broaden discussions about economic policy to include the needs of low- and middle-income workers. EPI believes every working person deserves a good job with fair pay, affordable health care, and retirement security."
Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2011
The Statistical Abstract of the United States, published since 1878, is the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States.
Census population profile
"The first issue of The Population Profile of the United States was published in 1974. Originally, updates were published every year, but soon the schedule was modified to every other year. The last published version of the Population Profile used 1999 data primarily and was issued in 2001. The Population Profile of the United States: 2000 (Internet Release) is the first Internet-only version of this U.S. Census Bureau product. It includes data from surveys conducted in 2000 and earlier, as well as some limited Census 2000 data." Expect 2010 data to be available soon.
CPS: Labor Statistics on the Web
Uses "DataFerrett" to access data. Files also accessible via FTP. A joint project of the Bureau of Labor Statistics ant the Census
Census 2000 Access and Use: Proximity
Updated September 6, 2011: "Census 2000 data will continue to be relevant and essential baseline data for years to come. Using integrated data from the Census 2000, American Community Survey and Census 2010 data we can see where what has changed by how much. The Census 2000 Data Access & Use website is being expanded and integrated with other data resources that can help provide updated and trend related insights."
Census 2000: Population Tables and Reports
A service of the Census Bureau, this offers a gateway to all sorts of Census information.
AmeriStat: One-Stop Shopping for U.S. Population Data
"AmeriStat was developed by Population Reference Bureau in partnership with demographer Bill Frey and his colleagues at Social Science Data Analysis Network of University of Michigan. AmeriStat features instant summaries, in both graphics and text formats, of the demographic characteristics of the U.S. population such as: 2000 Census statistics, Foreign-Born, Children, Education, Labor/Employment, Fertility statistics, Income/Poverty, Migration, Mortality, Older Population demographics, Political Arithmetic, Estimates/Projections, Marriage/Family and Race/Ethnicity related statistics."
Social Science Data Analysis Network: Census & Demographic Data
"The Social Science Data Analysis Network (SSDAN) is a university-based organization that creates demographic media, such as user guides, web sites, and hands-on classroom computer materials that make U.S. census data accessible to policymakers, educators, the media, and informed citizens."
Census Bureau: Data on Governments
Data on governments cover every level of government and subjects ranging from property taxes to prosecutions, from long-term debt to liquor monopolies. Federal, State, and local government officials in administration, fiscal planning, and other areas, use governments data widely.
2007 County and City Data Book
"The County and City Data Book is the most comprehensive source of information about the individual counties and cities in the United States. It includes data for all U.S. states, counties, and cities with a population of 25,000 or more. It contains additional data for places with a population of 100,000 or more. Also included is a complete set of state maps showing all counties, places of 25,000 or more population, and metropolitan areas."
Ideological Typologies
IDEAlog is designed to stimulate student thinking on issues that underlie contemporary views of political ideology. It consists of three components: (1) An Introduction that defines the program's purpose; (2) A Tutorial that explains the traditional liberal-conservative labels, introduces a two-dimensional ideological typology, and asks students to classify themselves according to the four-fold ideology typology described in The Challenge of Democracy: American Government in Glbal Politics, a college text on American government by Kenneth Janda, Jeffrey Berry, and Jerry Goldman; and (3) The Self-Test that requires students to answer twenty questions--drawn from national survey--which are equally divided between the conflict of individual freedom vs. social order, and the conflict of individual freedom vs. social equality."


An alternative quiz that uses different labels for a four-category classification..
Pew Research Center Political Typoloogy Quiz
An alternative quiz that also asks 20 questions plus party identification, age, and gender and classifies respondents in 9 categories.
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