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Public Opinion and Social Attitudes Data: Home

This guide will help you find public opinion and social attitudes data, including public opinion polls.

Background Information

Search the library catalog for subjects such as "Public Opinion" and "Public Opinion Polls".

Statistical Indexes & Databases

Quick Picks - Favorite Resources

What are polls?

Polling 101: 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 from National Council on Public Polls.


Only a fraction of polls are published and an even small fraction still is easily attainable.  For example, when you in the paper "according to a Gallup Poll published last week" it is not guaranteed that you will be able to find the poll in one of our services.  Also, many marketing polls/surveys are prohibitively expensive and therefore in effect not available.

Scholarly Literature on Public Opinion

Where to look for topical journal articles?  Try an index such as:

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