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Spartan DebateTopic 2015: Statistics and Polls

General Statistics

Proquest Statistical Abstracts of the United States, 2015

The Statistical Abstract of the United States is the standard summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States. It is also designed to serve as a guide to other statistical publications and sources.

Proquest Statistical Insight

Indexes and abstracts statistical publications from the US government, state governments, international organizations, and professional associations. [It is the online version of 3 print indexing sources: American Statistics Index (ASI), Index to International Statistics (IIS), and Statistical Reference Index (SRI).] Links to selected full-text materials are provided, some in spreadsheet format. The Library owns almost all the materials indexed in Proquest Statistical.

Polling Resources

Gallop Poll News Service

The Gallup Poll News Service is the internet's leading polling-based news source. The Gallup Poll News Service provides news centered on public opinion. Published each business day, articles from the Gallup Poll News Service analyze findings and trends in politics, business, social issues, and Americans' lifestyles. Lexis Nexis Academic content may take up to two weeks to appear.

Roper Center for Public Opinion Research

One of the world's leading archives of social science data, specializing in data from surveys of public opinion. The data held by the Roper Center range from the 1930s, when survey research was in its infancy, to the present. Most of the data are from the United States, but over 50 nations are represented. 

What are Polls?

Polling Fundamentals: A tutorial on the fundamentals of polling from the Roper Center.

Poll & Survey FAQs: from the American Association for Public Opinion Research

20 Questions Journalists Should Ask About Poll Results: An article on how to distinguish between scientific and unscientific polls. National Council on Public Polls.

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