The Roper Center collection contains public opinion data on an extremely wide range of topics. 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.

More resources on the size and role of government from the archive.

Interpretive analysis

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

In 1938, 78% of Americans advocated the federal take on responsibility for providing medical care for those unable to pay ...
Americans view of governments role

Americans Have Adjusted Views on Government’s Role

Public Perspective, February/March 1998. An Interview with Richard B. Wirthlin. How much have we changed our minds (if we have) ...
How much government

How Much Government

Public Perspective, April/May 1995. Would you say you favor smaller government with fewer services or larger government with many services? ...

Related data

2010 Role of Government Survey

In the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation/Harvard/Washington Post Role of Government poll, Americans share their opinions about the appropriate duties ...

Charts & graphics