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Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther Kind Jr. during I Have a Dream speech

In the winter of 1995 the Roper Center magazine, Public Perspective, published an article by Sheldon Appleton that looked at the changing public opinion of Martin Luther King, Jr. from the 1960s through the 1990s.

Read the article, "Martin Luther King in Life...And Memory" (PDF 956 KB)

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 ushered in a new era in American civil rights as discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin was outlawed.

Read: Public Opinion on Civil Rights: Reflections on the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Call for Nominations

The late Warren J. MitofskyThe 2015 Warren J. Mitofsky Award for Excellence in Public Opinion Research is an annual award of The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research. The award honors important work on public opinion and/or survey methodology that has been accomplished, published, or presented at a professional conference.

Read Call for Nominations for details on submitting a nomination.

Invitation for Expressions of Interest

The Roper Center is moving its archive of public opinion surveys to a new base of operations.

The Board of Directors of the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, the world's largest archive of public opinion polling data, invites inquiries from universities, non-profits and commercial enterprises interested in serving as its new partnering organization.

READ: Invitation for Expressions of Interest

In Memory of Mike Mokrzycki

Mike Mokrzycki, Mark Schulman and Board Chairman Bob Shapiro

Mike Mokrzycki, Mark Schulman and Board Chairman Bob Shapiro at the 2014 Mitosky Award dinner celebrating Award recipient Andrew Kohut

Remembering Mike Mokrzycki

A Public Divided: Americans' Attitudes about Torture

Graphic with red and black background, the word Torture in white

The release of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on the CIA use of torture in interrogations of suspected terrorists has renewed the debate over what the U.S. should or should not do to its prisoners in the war on terror. Where does the public stand – and have their views changed over time?

Read: A Public Divided: Americans' Attitudes about Torture

Polls of Future Past: A History of Public Expectations for the Future of Science

Paper polls being completed

Science fiction sometimes barely beats out science fact, as technological advancements rapidly transform the world. But the changes that are anticipated aren’t always the ones that arrive. A look back at what the polls tell us the public has expected from scientific progress – and how often they’ve been disappointed.

Read: Polls of Future Past: A History of Public Expectations for the Future of Science

Crossposted on Huffington Post Pollster

WNPR & Roper Center

On this week's segment, Topline looks at public attitudes toward female executives. We explore decades of polling data to find out whether Americans prefer to have men or women in charge.

Topline with WNPR and Roper Center: Women in the workplace

Listen to the entire episode of WNPR's Where We Live, Women in the Workplace.

2015 RARE Winners!

The Office of Undergraduate Research and The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research are pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Roper Award for Research Experience (RARE).

Christopher Bruno - The Role of Demographics and Socioeconomics on Views of the Food System and Food Access
Erin Puglia - Throwing the Bums Out: Public Attitudes Toward Scandal-Plagued Incumbents

Read more about the 2015 RARE teams' research


New Webinars Available


Introduction to Roper Center Services - Tour the various services available through the Center. Learn search strategies for using iPOLL and the Catalog of Dataset holdings as well as a variety of approaches to obtaining cross tabulations.

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Accessing Datasets at the Roper Center – Experience different methods of identify studies to run detailed data analysis and download datasets. Using SPSS and RoperExplorer, this interactive webinar will run through generating basic crosstabs.

Read more about these webinars and register for a session at Webinars now located within User Support.

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