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Find Data: Public Opinion Polls & Social Surveys

Use this guide to locate public opinion data and gather information on societal and cultural attitudes on a wide variety of topics. The guide points you to the most frequently used, relevant, and rich data sources for these topics.

U.S. Focused Polls & Surveys

Many of the sources listed below are focused on the U.S. but may also include international data.

American National Election Studies (ANES)
Since 1948, ANES has conducted surveys during most years of national elections. The mission ANES is to inform explanations of election outcomes by providing data that support rich hypothesis testing, maximize methodological excellence, measure many variables, and promote comparisons across people, contexts, and time. The ANES serves this mission by providing researchers with a view of the political world through the eyes of ordinary citizens.

Gallup Analytics
Access over 80 years of U.S. and a more than a decade of global opinion data. Gallup Analytics includes data from Gallup World Poll, Gallup U.S. Dailies, Gallup Social Series, and Gallup Brain.

General Social Survey (GSS)
The GSS contains a standard ‘core’ of demographic, behavioral, and attitudinal questions, plus topics of special interest.

Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)
ICPSR maintains a data archive of more than 500,000 files of research in the social sciences. It hosts 16 specialized collections of data in education, aging, criminal justice, substance abuse, terrorism, and other fields. ICPSR has a large number of public opinion polls and social surveys in its collection.

iPoll Databank – Roper Center for Public Opinion Research
The iPOLL Databank is the most comprehensive, up-to-date resource for US public opinion poll data. iPOLL is also the best finding aid to locate US national opinion poll questions rich in a particular subject, with direct links into the catalog of datasets and survey questionnaires.

Odum Institute Dataverse Network: Archive of Public Opinion Data
The Odum Institute manages an archive of Public Opinion Data, which includes questions from: Community Indicators Survey, Harris Collection, National Network of State Polls (NNSP), Southern Regional Public Opinion, and USA Today polls.

Pew Center for the People & the Press
Polls on politics, policy and media.

Polling the Nations
Polling the Nations is an online database of public opinion polls containing the full text of 600,000+ questions and responses, from 18,000+ surveys and 1,700+ polling organizations, conducted from 1986 through the present in the United States and more than 100 other countries around the world.