On the Issues

Rebuilding after disasters

Rebuilding after Disasters: The Public’s View

Ten years after Hurricane Katrina, the rebuilding continues. Indeed, rebuilding continues in communities all over the country – in New York and New Jersey coastal neighborhoods hit by Sandy, in western towns destroyed by wildfires, in the Irene-ravaged small towns along the rivers of Vermont. After Superstorm Sandy wreaked her destruction, the New York Times fretted that “tax money will go toward putting things back as they were, essentially duplicating the vulnerability that existed before the hurricane.” Experts may be concerned about this cycle of devastation and reconstruction, but what does the public think? From the Roper Center for Public
Conspiracy theory

The Truth (about Americans’ Belief in Conspiracy Theories) Is Out There

Tabloid headlines, internet comment threads, that one uncle at Thanksgiving dinner: conspiracy theories are everywhere. Polls reveal the truth – the truth about what the public believes, that is. While some conspiracy theories are dismissed by the vast majority of the public, others are widely accepted as true. A look at belief in American conspiracy theories, from the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research archives. Hitler’s not dead The first questions in a public opinion poll about a conspiracy theory centered around the death of Hitler. Although the Soviets had quickly confirmed via dental records that the remains collected in Berlin
Obama and a third term?

Presidential Third Terms

Addressing the African Union last month, Barack Obama said, “I actually think I’m a pretty good president. I think if I ran, I could win. But I can’t.” Obama is prevented from re-election by the 22nd Amendment, which has limited Presidents to two terms since 1951. The public is supportive of this restriction, but more divided in their perception of the effect of the two-term cap on presidential second terms. From the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research Archives: FDR: Happy Days Are Here Again – and Again George Washington established the standard that presidents would limit themselves to two
African-American man voting

Public Opinion on the Voting Rights Act

The Voting Rights Act, the landmark civil rights legislation that provided federal oversight of voting in states where evidence of minority voter suppression existed, was passed on August 6, 1965. Nearly fifty years later, in 2013, the Supreme Court struck down key provisions at the heart of the law, stating that “our country has changed.” Public opinion polling on voting rights over the last seventy-five years show a country united in a desire to see the right to vote protected, but divided in their beliefs about how to achieve that goal  - or whether the goal has been reached already.
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Birth control pills

Public Attitudes about Birth Control

Fifty years ago, just five years after the FDA approved the first birth control pill, the Supreme Court struck down a Connecticut state law that prohibited the use of "any drug, medicinal article, or instrument for the purpose of preventing conception,” thereby making birth control legal nationwide for married couples. Public opinion was on the Court’s side in Griswold v. Connecticut, but public controversies over contraceptives have continued to this day. A history of public opinion about birth control, from the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research Archive: From popular movement to legality The first public opinion question about birth
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Center News

Why You Should Make a Personalized Account

Being IP authenticated on your campus enables you to conduct some searches (like online stores let you shop without signing in), but using your personalized account permits you much greater access and the ability to utilize more tools. Sign in to make use of these research tools— Download datasets (it is required that the individual agree to the terms of responsible use to access data at this level) Use RoperExplorer, an online data analysis tool ...

APSA 2015 in San Francisco? We will be there too!

We will be attending the 111th APSA Annual Meeting, September 3-6th in San Francisco to address the latest scholarship in political science while exploring this year's theme, "Diversities Reconsidered: Politics, and Political Science, in the 21st Century." Stop by our booth to get two weeks of trial access to iPOLL as a conference attendee. Email Lois or Marc if you want to schedule some time to chat about your research ...

ASA 2015 in Chicago? We will be there

110th ASA Annual Meeting | August 22-25, 2015 Hilton Chicago and Hilton Palmer House | Chicago, IL The Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association provides the opportunity for professionals involved in the scientific study of society to share knowledge and new directions in research and practice. Nearly 600 program sessions are convened during the four-day meeting held every August to provide participation venues and networking outlets for nearly 3,000 research papers and over 4,600 ...

From the Archive

Hurricane Katrina Aftermath

Hurricane Katrina: A Look Back

Hurricane Katrina was one of the most deadly, costly, and destructive storms in U.S. history. A decade later, people impacted by the storm are still dealing with its devastating effects. Controversies surrounded both the recovery efforts and New Orleans’ existing emergency preparedness, with critics citing poorly constructed levees for causing the majority of flood damage. But what did the people directly affected by the storm think about these issues? What were people’s biggest concerns? What had been the most difficult problems they faced? How did they feel about the government’s reaction? Did race and poverty play a role in the ...
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Rutger's Work Trends Series

Rutger’s Work Trends Series

The John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development is based at Rutgers University. The university-based research and policy center, founded in 1997, is dedicated to raising the effectiveness of the American workplace by strengthening workforce education, placement and training programs and policies. Recent Work Trends datasets available for download: Work Trends Poll: Views on Unemployment [USRUTG2013-WORKTRENDS27] Work Trends Poll: Recent College and High School Graduates Survey [USRUTG2012-WORKTRENDS26] Work Trends Poll: Unemployment Wave 4  [USRUTG2011-WORKTRENDS25] Work Trends Poll: Recent College Graduates [USRUTG2011-WORKTRENDS24] Work Trends Poll: American Workers Assess an Economic Disaster [USRUTG2010-WORKTRENDS22] See more from this collection ...
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ABC News/Washington Post polls

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 ...
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Pew Hispanic Trends: National Surveys of Latinos

Pew Hispanic Trends: National Surveys of Latinos

Pew Hispanic Trends Project by Pew Research Center chronicles the diverse and changing lives of the U.S. Latino population and its impact on the nation.  Their yearly National Survey of Latinos covers key topics in social and political trends. Recent datasets available for download include: Pew Hispanic Center 2012 National Survey of Latinos, conducted September 7-October 4, 2012, focused on the 2012 presidential election, attitudes toward immigration law, and media and technology use. Pew Hispanic Center 2011 National Survey of Latinos covered issues including the path to citizenship, priority of immigration reform, and the economic recession. Pew Hispanic Center 2010 National ...
What Shapes Health?

What Shapes Health?

When people say that they're healthy, what do they mean? What external factors can cause health problems, and what is it exactly that makes a person healthy? In this HSPH/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/NPR Poll, find out what America believes shapes a person's overall well-being. Personal habits, ways to improve health, and childhood factors influencing health are all featured in this survey. Demographic questions about weight, smoking habits, and insurance coverage are also included. The data was collected by SSRS for NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Harvard School of Public Health from September 15th - October 15th, 2014 of 2,423 ...
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