Explore the Roper Center Archives

The Roper Center holds polling data ranging from the 1930s, when survey research was in its infancy, to the present. Over 650,000  questions of U.S. samples can be searched at the question-level in iPOLL, while RoperExpress offers downloads of over 20,000 datasets from over 100 countries. As part of its mission to maximize use and access for the data in its collection, the Center also provides multiple resources on politics, elections, U.S. policy, and social issues.

Politics

The Roper Center archives provide essential data for understanding U.S. politics. Resources on politics and elections are drawn from the collection’s national public opinion polls, voter exit polls at the state and national level, and other sources.

Presidential Approval

Examine presidential approval ratings from Roosevelt to Obama. Compare each president’s highest and lowest ratings throughout the course of their terms.

Presidential Approval chart

US Elections

Explore voting data, including vote by demographic group, on national and state elections, and key polling indicators of public attitudes at the time of presidential elections.

Obama vs. Romney Electoral and Popular Votes

Issues

The Roper Center collection contains public opinion data on an extremely wide range of topics. Go to Topics at a Glance for overviews of popular subject areas or browse recent Issue Briefs below.

Topics at a Glance

Topics at a Glance offers users prepared iPOLL and dataset searches, issue briefs, featured dataset descriptions, and charts and graphics on some of the most popular subject areas in polling.

Topics at a Glance tag cloud

Issue Briefs

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 ...

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 ...
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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 ...
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Data

The Roper Center archive consists of over 20,000 datasets from public opinion surveys dating back to the 1930s. By collecting and preserving the collection’s U.S. and international datasets, the Center provides opportunities for researchers to conduct detailed secondary analysis and discover new insights years after the original survey was released. Browse recent highlights from the collection below.

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 ...
Education - school room

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, ...
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 ...

Want more on election polling data?

Explore various topics in U.S. politics ranging from 1935-present with iPOLL. Search at the question level by keyword, survey organization, date, and more.

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Want more on the issues?

Explore the breadth and depth of U.S. public opinion in iPOLL, at the question level. Search over 600,000 Q&A from every major survey organization or keep exploring the Issue Briefs and Topics at a Glance.

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Search our catalog of holdings by keyword, survey organization, date, and more. Looking for international data? We archive datasets from 100+ countries. Subscribe to our RSS feed for more acquisition updates.

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