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Gallup Analytics: Gallup Poll Microdata

Access Notes

Requesting Gallup Microdata Through the MSU Libraries

The MSU Libraries license stipulates that access to Gallup poll microdata must be mediated through MSU Libraries staff. If you are interested in using Gallup microdata and you are a MSU faculty member, student, or staff, please contact Julia Ezzo by email to setup a consultation and to discuss next steps. 



Appropriate Use of Gallup Microdata

The MSU Libraries have acquired Gallup public opinion microdata for research and instructional use by Michigan State University faculty, students, and staff. 

MSU users may download, use, and manipulate the data. They may create reports and publish externally, redistribute, and manipulate such reports, so long as such externally distributed reports do not contain only Gallup data and so long as Gallup data are not included in a report in a quantity or specificity that could reasonable be deemed to be substitute for acquiring the data from Gallup. Reports must include attribution when Gallup data are included without modification or are used as a direct source of analysis.

Gallup Poll Social Series

The Gallup Poll Social Series is a set of twelve topical surveys. Each survey is administered during the same month each year, 2000 or 2001 to present. Surveys within the topical survey series uses the same core-question sequencing. GPSS survey microdata are provided in cumulative datasets that present responses to questions asked in more than one survey year.

January Mood of the Nation
February World Affairs
March The Environment
April Economy & Personal Finance
May Moral Values & Beliefs
June Minority Rights & Relations
July Consumption Habits
August Work & Education
September Governance
October  Crime
November Health & Health Care
December Lifestyle

Individual monthly surveys within the Gallup Poll Social Series may have additional topical questions and also questions about other issues that may not appear in the cumulative microdata datasets.

Gallup US Daily Microdata

The Gallup US Daily – also known as US Tracker – microdata covers polls conducted during individual years, 2008-2017, aiming to sample 1,000 respondents per day throughout the year. The microdata provides the year, month, date, and day of the week variables; geographic variables include region, state, metropolitan area, congressional district, and ZIP code. (NB. ZIP codes average a dozen respondents each per year). Weighting variables are provided to produce nationwide estimates from the sample data. 

From 2008 through 2017, the Gallup US Daily poll had two survey components: Politics & Economics and Well-Being with similar methodologies. For each of these years, Gallup US Daily microdata are presented in one file per survey year, formatted for SPSS or Stata statistical software. The typical annual US Daily microdata dataset contains more than 350,000 records – 1,000 records per day – with up to 200 variables. 

At the beginning of 2018, the Well-Being component changed to a mail questionnaire: for 2018, the two components have been split and the microdata are presented in two files per survey year. For 1stQuarter 2018, the Politics & Economy survey has 87 variables and approximately 223 records per day; the Well-Being survey has 100 variables and approximately 300 records per day.

The Gallup World Poll

The Gallup World Poll microdata dataset covers polls conducted in 167 countries during individual years, starting in 2006. 50 countries have been surveyed in all years, and 132 countries have been surveyed in eight or more years. Annual national samples typically survey 1,000 respondents, with some annual national samples surveying 2,000, 4,000, or even 10,000 respondents. Weighting variables are provided to produce nationwide estimates from the sample data.

Gallup Panel COVID-19 Survey

The Gallup Panel COVID 19 Survey started in March 2020 and has been utilized to track American attitudes on topics related to the COVID 19 Pandemic. These surveys were conducted using the Gallup Panel – a nationally representative panel of U.S. adults.