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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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Confederate flag flying over the capital building in South Carolina

Public Opinion on the Confederate Flag and the Civil War

The Confederate flag is gone from the South Carolina statehouse. But public opinion on the meaning of the symbols of the Confederacy remains divided along racial and regional lines, part of a larger disagreement over the significance of the Civil War revealed in multiple polls over the last quarter-century. From the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research archives: A divisive symbol A 1991 poll of Southerners was the first to ask what the Confederate flag symbolized to the public. The vast majority of whites thought that the flag was a symbol of Southern pride, while a majority of blacks thought
President Lyndon Johnson signs the 1965 US Immigration Act

Huddled Masses: Public Opinion & the 1965 U.S. Immigration Act

The landmark U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, which shifted the criteria for admission of immigrants from a system of country quotas to the prioritization of family reunification and occupational skills, is now fifty years old. Public opinion polls from before, during, and after the 1965 debate reveal ongoing concerns about how the country chooses which immigrants become Americans and how different immigrant groups affect the nation. From the Roper Center for Public Opinion research archives: Attitudes about Immigration before 1965 Questions about concerns regarding the ethnic makeup of immigrants to the United States were asked from the very
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July 4th fireworks display

Yankee Doodle Polling: Public Opinion on Patriotism

This holiday weekend the American passion for patriotic display will reach its annual apex with fireworks, flags and "God Bless America." Public opinion polls confirm what foreign observers have often noted: Americans are a very patriotic people. But what does patriotism mean to the U.S. public, and how tightly is the ideal bound to its symbols? A review of public opinion on patriotism, from the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research archive: The resurgence of national pride that I called the new patriotism - Ronald Reagan Notably few questions were asked about patriotism in the early years of polling. The
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The United Nations

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 Nations: 1940s -1970 By the middle of WWII a majority of Americans approved of the U.S. joining a union of nations designed to protect
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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 ...

Welcome American Viewpoint & Ohio Wesleyan University

Students, faculty, and staff at Ohio Wesleyan University and colleagues at American Viewpoint now have full access as members of the Roper Center. To access Roper Center resources from off-campus or see if your institution is a member, check out our List of Members page ...

Save the Date: 2015 Mitofsky Award Dinner

In 2006 Center established the Warren Mitofsky Fund as a tribute to Warren Mitofsky, chairman of the Roper Center Board of Directors at the time of his passing.  The Fund supports Roper Center projects and an annual award for outstanding work utilizing the Center's archival holdings. The 9th Annual Warren J. Mitofsky Award recipient—Daniel Yankelovich—will be honored at the award dinner to be held on Tuesday, November 10th, 2015 at the Bryant Park Grill in NYC. (more…) ...

From the Archive

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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Gallup Organization

2nd Quarter 2015 Gallup Data Available

Eight Gallup Organization studies conducted from April-June, 2015 are now available for download. These studies cover a wide range of topics including the 2016 Presidential Election, Religion, Federal Government Performance, Driving Under the Influence, and the Affordable Care Act. View the 8 new Gallup Polls ...
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2014 Siena Research Institute Data Available

Eleven new 2014 Siena Research Institute studies are now available. Siena Research Institute at Siena College conducts regional, statewide and national surveys on business, economic, political, voter, social, academic and historical issues. The new studies include the Siena New York Poll, a monthly snapshot of registered voters from throughout New York State on timely political issues, and the Siena New York State Index of Consumer Sentiment. Sign up for the Archive Additions RSS Feed of studies to keep informed about additions to the Roper Center Archive ...
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Special Education in Public Schools

This one-of-a-kind Public Agenda Foundation poll asks about the unique concerns and experiences that parents of special needs children have, especially regarding special education. How good a job are the teachers and schools doing in addressing their child's needs? What is their child's daily experience in school like? What are the best ways to improve special education classes? How do they feel towards parents whose children don't have special needs? Find out their opinions on individualized education programs, the structure of special education classes, standardized testing, and the special needs evaluation process. The data was collected from April 12th - ...
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