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American Public Opinion and Attitudes
A comprehensive, daily updated source for US nationwide public opinion, covering 1935 to present. Search by keyword, topic, and date range for statistics and datasets.
Pew Research Center
Public opinion polling, demographic research, content analysis and other data-driven social science research.
Polls of Americans on politics, business, health and well-being, policy issues, and the economy. Also includes some international polling.
General Social Survey
Since 1972, the General Social Survey (GSS) has been monitoring societal change and studying the growing complexity of American society. Create a free account to use.
Current events, data and statistics coverage. Unique for sports data and athlete coverage along with social commentary and politics.
The Harris Poll
Scroll down to read a variety of poll topics. Information reflects current problems and issues facing American society.
Evaluating Poll Information
- Ask yourself who was surveyed, what questions were they asked, when was it conducted, how were they surveyed, and why the polling organization might want certain responses.
- Beware of self-selected polls. Participants should be randomly selected and should fairly represent the population.
- Push polls, or political telemarketing designed to persuade large numbers of voters, are not actually polls. They usually ask one or only a few questions about a single candidate or a single issue and the questions are usually uniformly strongly negative of a candidate or issue.