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Black, White, and Blue: Americans’ Attitudes on Race and Police

Since the events in Ferguson last summer, pollsters have exhibited a renewed interest in the relationships between race and policing. Extensive public opinion research over the last year has shown stark differences in how blacks and whites perceive the police, differences documented in survey research going back to polling conducted in response to the Kerner Commission report on the 1967 race riots. Now the Ferguson Commission report has been released, and polls provide a clear picture of areas of likely agreement and disagreement between blacks and whites on its recommendations. A review of polling on black and white attitudes on
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roper at cornell

A Guide to Roper’s New Home, in Polls

This fall the Roper Center will relocate to Cornell University in beautiful Ithaca, New York! We’re so excited about our new home that we wanted to share everything about it with all our users. Of course, we do tend to see things through our own particular lens: polling. So we hereby present you with:  A Guide to Cornell University, in Polls. Famous Cornell Alumni and Faculty Many are aware that astronomer Carl Sagan taught at Cornell for nearly thirty years. But did you know that fellow science educator Bill Nye was among his students? Polls show that the American public is enamored
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Wages of Win: The Public and the Minimum Wage Debate

Hillary Clinton has suggested $12. Bernie Sanders favors $15. Donald Trump says he thinks a low one is good for the country. Jeb Bush doesn’t think the federal government should be setting one at all. The minimum wage is proving a contentious issue in the current presidential race. Public opinion polling over the decades indicates that some candidates may have found a powerful issue in line with longstanding public attitudes, while others will struggle to convince the public to see it their way. From the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research archives: Setting the standards The early years of modern polling coincided
Virginia Tech shooting

Shootings, Guns and Public Opinion

Last week the country was shocked by the on-air shooting of a reporter and cameraman – shocked, but perhaps not surprised. Gun violence has become an all-too-common part of the news, and after each incident, a debate erupts over gun control. Public opinion data over more than fifty years reveals a country ever less willing to restrict gun ownership, even as mass shootings and other high-profile shooting incidents continue to make news. From the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research archives: Tragedy in the news. Again. Gun-related homicide deaths have been decreasing in number since the 1990s. But the number of active
Rebuilding after disasters

Rebuilding after Disasters: The Public’s View

Ten years after Hurricane Katrina, the rebuilding continues. Indeed, rebuilding carries on 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

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Cornell Careers

Associate Director of Roper@Cornell

Cornell University has launched a search for the position of Associate Director of the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, which is to be newly located at Cornell starting in November.  This is a senior position with substantial administrative and supervisory responsibilities. (more…) ...

Roper Center at Cornell University

The Board of Directors of the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, the world’s largest archive of public opinion data, is pleased to announce the selection of Cornell University as its new host institution. “We are delighted that Cornell will be the center’s new home,” said Robert Y. Shapiro, chairman of the Roper board. “This move brings the nation’s leading archive of survey data to one of the nation’s great universities.” The Roper Center at Cornell University ...

From the Archive

Sub-saharan religion

Pew Forum 2010 Sub-Saharan Africa Religion Dataset

Tolerance and Tension: Islam and Christianity in Sub-Saharan Africa Between December 2008 and April 2009, the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, with funding from The Pew Charitable Trusts and the John Templeton Foundation, conducted a survey based on more than 25,000 face-to-face interviews in 19 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, regarding religious beliefs and practices. This survey gauged respondents' knowledge of and attitudes toward other faiths. It assessed levels of political and economic satisfaction, concerns about crime, corruption and extremism, positions on issues such as abortion and polygamy, and views of democracy, religious law and the place of women in ...
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family planning

KAPS: Family Planning Studies

In the 1960s and 70s, the Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices studies surveyed women and men across the world about family planning, birth control, pregnancy, and sex. The majority of the samples are of women under the age of fifty, married women, and women living in cities and metropolitan areas.  The featured countries are Mexico, the United States, Israel, the Philippines, France, Brazil, Ecuador, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Argentina, Colombia, Panama, Venezuela, and Peru. What is the ideal family size?  What is the impact of the population growth rate, will it cause societal problems?  What methods of birth control are used the most ...
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Immigration: Pew’s Polls of Latinos and Asian Americans

With election season ramping up, immigration issues have been the topic of many candidate plans, statements, and debates.  But what do people actually think about immigration? Find out where both Latino and Asian Americans stand on these issues in these Pew polls.  These diverse populations reflect on undocumented immigrants, immigration reform, and personal experiences with the immigration system.  How important is new immigration legislation?  Which party cares more for Latinos and Asian Americans: the Democrats or the Republicans?  Which immigration proposals do they support, and which do they disapprove of?  Do they fear that they or their family and friends ...
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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 to win the war? Should we provide food to people living in the Axis powers?  Who can be blamed for war atrocities?  Did the treatment ...
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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. Sign up for the Archive Additions RSS Feed of studies to keep informed about additions to the Roper Center Archive ...
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