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The Public and Proposed Constitutional Amendments

United States ConstitutionPoliticians have often framed the amendment process as a procedure of last resort, necessary to ensure lasting change on a vital issue. But is the American public convinced by such arguments? What do "we, the people" think about calls to alter the country's governing document?

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The Public's Perception of the Obesity Epidemic

Obesity, the new normalObesity has been called a major health crisis and a national epidemic. Health authorities, including prominent spokespeople like Michelle Obama and the Surgeon General, have sounded the alarm, and the media has responded with a bombardment of stories about the state of the nation's waistline. But does the American public understand the significance of the country's weight issue? Or have people become so accustomed to the "new normal" of excess weight that they don't recognize the problem?

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The Public and Labor Unions

Labor unionOn May 14, 1882, unionized workers in New York City held a parade and picnic, and the seeds of the Labor Day holiday were planted. About 50 years later, pollsters began asking Americans to share their opinions on unions. The results highlight how views of the labor movement have -- and haven't -- changed since the 1930s. Some insights from the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research archives.

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The American Public's Attitudes about Nixon Post-Watergate

President Richard Nixon's resignationJust a few days before he stepped down, a Gallup poll had shown Nixon's approval rating to be a dismal 24%, down from 67% in January of the previous year. The 37th President left the White House under a dark cloud of public disapprobation. But by his death in 1994, many claimed the man had successfully reinvented himself as a respected elder of American politics.

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Malaysian Airlines Flight 17

Crash site of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17The tragic crash in eastern Ukraine of Flight MH17, a Boeing 777 carrying 298 people, marks the second catastrophic event this year for Malaysian Airlines. Ukrainian officials report that the plane, carrying 283 passengers and 15 crew members, was shot down by a surface-to-air missile system. While the pro-Russian rebels deny any responsibility, the Ukrainian government maintains that the pro-Russian separatists fighting to join East Ukraine with Russia shot down Flight MH17 with Russian aid.

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

Civil Rights Act of 1964Likely the most sweeping civil rights legislation since Reconstruction, 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.

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D-Day? What's That?

D-Day on Omaha BeachAs people all over the world observe the 70th anniversary of the Allied invasion of Normandy – widely considered the turning point of World War II – some commenters have expressed concern that the passing of the generation that fought the war means people are at risk of forgetting the importance of that titanic struggle.

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Russian Leaders

Russian LeadersGiven the long history of adversarial relations between the United States and Russia/the Soviet Union, it is not surprising that the overall public opinion ratings of Russian leaders have usually been less than favorable.

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The Changing Role of Women

Hillary Rodham ClintonRoper Center public opinion data archives offers a glimpse into — The Changing Role of Women…in politics…in the workplace…at home.

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U.S. Attitudes toward China Over 25 Years since Start of Tiananmen Protests

Lone man stands in front of a tank in Tiananmen Square 1989In April of 1989, thousands of Chinese citizens began protesting human rights conditions and government reform, which led to one of the most violent attacks of a government against its own people in recent history.

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Progress Since the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill?

Exxon Valdez oil coats water birdsMonday, March 24, 2014 marked the 25th anniversary of one of the worst environmental disasters in America's history. The oil tanker Exxon Valdez struck a reef in the Prince William Sound off the coast of Alaska, spilling approximately 11 million gallons of oil into the Pacific Ocean.

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A Brief History of Public Opinion on the Government's Role in Providing Health Care

government and health carePublic opinion polls reveal that from the late 20th through the early 21st century, the federal government's role in providing health care services has been highly salient and contentious issue. However, the divisions so starkly evident in 2013 did not always exist. Public opinion data archived at the Roper Center for Public Opinion research provide a rich history of American perspectives on the subject.

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John F. Kennedy - His Presidency and the Impact of His Assassination

John F KennedyPresidential election popular votes; presidential approval ratings; read Public Perspective magazine articles on Kennedy's presidency; and

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Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr during I Have a Dream speechIn 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.

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These data are available at the public opinion archives at the Roper Center at the University of Connecticut. The iPOLL database permits in-depth analysis of the American public in the aggregate. 

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