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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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Paradise Polled: Americans and the Afterlife

Since the genesis of modern polling, the American public has been asked about not only their opinions on the political and social issues of the day, but their beliefs about the biggest questions humanity faces. What are the most important things in life? What makes us happy? And that most unanswerable of questions: what happens after we die? A history of polling on the afterlife, from the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research archive: And death shall have no dominion Americans’ belief in an afterlife is very stable across the decades, showing little variability since 1944. It is perhaps not
Automation for the People

Automation for the People: The Public, Technology and Jobs

A 2012 research brief by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee at MIT renewed an old debate over the effect of new technologies on employment levels. They argued that, counter to the prevailing belief that new technologies and automation simply shift jobs into new sectors after a period of disruption, instead rapid improvements in technology over the past decades have left some workers completely behind, a trend that will continue to accelerate as computers capabilities expand. How does the public see "technological threats" to employment, and have their views changed since the days when robots first began replacing line workers in
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Digital literacy

Digital Literacy and Utilization: A Polling Data Overview

What can polling tell us about Americans' relationship with digital technology? (more…)

Center News

Welcome Middlebury College and Kent State University!

Students, faculty, and staff at Middlebury College and Kent State University 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 ...

In memoriam Jay Wilson

Roper Center has lost a great friend. William “Jay” Wilson, Roper Center Board Member and leader in the field of market research, died on March 22, 2015. Jay Wilson was born in Minnesota in 1936. He attended Yale University and then Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, England, where he attained an M.A. degree-equivalent in Historical Studies. He also studied European economic and political institutions at the University of Vienna.  His father, Elmo “Budd” Wilson, was a prominent ...

From the Archive

Kaiser Health Tracking Series Updated

The Kaiser Health Tracking Series is conducted monthly to gain the public's views on the US health care system.  The series began in 1996 and consists of over 100 studies.  In recent years, the series has focused its coverage on Health Care Reform including the 2010 Affordable Care Act, Health Insurance Coverage, and Access to Health Care. Explore the Kaiser Health Tracking Series using RoperExpress ...
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Fannie Mae Monthly Key Indicators Series Updated

The Fannie Mae Monthly Key Indicators survey series (a subset of the complete monthly Fannie Mae National Housing Survey) is a monthly attitudinal survey, which polls the adult general population of the United States to assess their attitudes toward owning and renting a home, purchase and rental prices, homeownership distress, household finances, and overall confidence in the economy. Included in this data collection is a cumulative file including key monthly indicators conducted from January, 2010 to May, 2015 and 61 individual monthly studies. Explore the Fannie Mae Monthly Key Indicators using RoperExpress ...
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Employers perspectives on health insurance market

Employers Perspectives on the Health Insurance Market

New health care legislation affects small business owners in unique ways.  They deal first-hand with the potential fiscal and staffing issues brought about the 2010 Affordable Care Act.  Employers have to balance staff concerns, costs, and health priorities.  This Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research study, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, asks private-sector employers about these issues.  Questions focus on health insurance plans, insurance marketplaces, account types, wellness programs, and insurance carriers. The data was collected from August 19th - October 8th, 2014 of 1,061 private sector employers with at least three employees via mixed modes.  Explore ...

2012 NEP Exit Polls Now Available

Explore the newly acquired 2012 National Election Pool Election Day Exit Polls, available at the Roper Center. The collection features a national dataset as well as 31 state-level datasets. We would like thank ABC News, the Associated Press, CBS News, CNN, Fox News and NBC News for contributing this important collection to the Roper Center so that our scholarly research community may access these data now and into the future. The 2012 NEP Exit Polls give key insights into the decisions made by voters in the presidential, senatorial, and gubernatorial elections. When did voters make their final decisions on whom ...
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2015 Gallup Datasets Now Available

Seven Gallup Organization studies conducted from January-March, 2015 are now available for download. These studies cover a wide range of topics including Cuba, 2016 Presidential Candidates, Personal Finances, and Childhood Vaccination. View the 7 new Gallup Polls ...
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