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Holiday Shopping in Hard Times

Holiday presents beautifully wrappedThe holiday season is in full swing, and for many Americans that means just one thing: shopping. But in a difficult economy, can the public afford its annual spending spree?

Holiday Shopping in Hard Times

Pay It Back: The Public and the Student Loan System

College students sitting on stone wallAmong the Americans struggling most in the current economy are recent college grads carrying significant educational debt. As millennials navigate lowered employment prospects with larger student loans than young people of earlier decades, the U.S. system for funding higher education has come under scrutiny. What does the public think about how the country pays for college?

Pay It Back: The Public and the Student Loan System

A Hero's Welcome: the American Public and Attitudes about Veterans

Silhouette of American soldiers in front of the flagNext week, Americans will pay tribute to those who have served in the military. Though the country has long been united in the belief that former soldiers deserve respect and honor, the question of what exactly the government owes its veterans - and whether it is fulfilling those obligations - has been more controversial. A look at public attitudes about veterans' benefits.

A Hero's Welcome: the American Public and Attitudes about Veterans

When the Wall Came Tumbling Down: The American Public and Berlin

Young man uses stone pick on the Berlin WallWhen the Berlin Wall fell twenty-five years ago this week, America rejoiced in what was widely seen as a new opportunity for peace in the world. But in the early years post-World War II, when the partitioning of Germany stood at the center of tensions between the Russians and the Western Allies, the public saw the future of Berlin lying dark under the threat of war. How the American people viewed the division and reunification of Berlin.

When the Wall Came Tumbling Down: The American Public and Berlin

Going Too Far: The American Public's Attitudes toward Protest Movements

Protest movement in Ferguson MissouriThe photographs out of Ferguson are new, but the scene is all too familiar: signs, bullhorns, protesters, police. The ongoing demonstrations in Missouri are only the most recent in a long history of American protests. Groups across the political spectrum have used rallies, marches, and picket lines to bring their agendas to the attention of the media, government and fellow citizens. But public attitudes about this form of political engagement have historically been mixed at best.

Going Too Far: The American Public's Attitudes toward Protest Movements

Money, Politics and the American Public

Money and capital buildingObservers of the American political scene have long denigrated politicians' reliance on money and the donors who provide it. The influence of money in politics in general and campaigns in particular is a staple of op-ed writers, late-night comedians and armchair pundits. As another Federal Election Commission reporting deadline looms, how bad does the public really think the problem is – and what are they willing to do about it?

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The Public and Ebola: What the Polls Say

Ebola virus imageThe news stories now follow a familiar pattern: an outbreak of a new and frightening disease on another continent, the first cases found in the U.S., the speculation about the risk to the American population. The public has experienced this before: first SARS, then several waves of H1N1, and now Ebola. What did the public think during these earlier outbreaks, and what are they thinking now?

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Love, Marriage and the Vatican: Americans' Attitudes about Marriage and the Catholic Church

Wedding cake split down the middle between bride and groomNext week, the world's Catholic bishops will descend upon Rome for an Extraordinary General Council of the Synod. This rare meeting of church leaders has been convened by Pope Francis, who has signaled a willingness to change the Church's direction to meet contemporary challenges to family and marriage. In a country where about a quarter of the population identify as Catholic, how does the American public's attitudes about marriage, divorce and cohabitation accord with those of the Catholic Church? And what do American Catholics think?

Read Love, Marriage and the Vatican: Americans' Attitudes about Marriage and the Catholic Church

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?

Read The Public and Proposed Constitutional Amendments

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Read Martin Luther King Jr

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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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