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Public opinion polls for historians

Data archives

ipoll databank (Roper) Note: Restricted to academic research by Princeton University faculty and students. Registration is required but is free for IPOLL. IPOLL does not include outside the USA. International holdings are kept separately.
Comprehensive, up-to-date source for national public opinion. The database is a full-text retrieval system updated daily and organized at the question-level, providing tools to sift through nearly a half million questions asked on national public opinion surveys since 1935.

Odum Institute for Research in Social Science


Finding questions

American public opinion index. Louisville, KY : Opinion Research Service, [c1981-
Continued by: Polling the nations (Online)
Data and Statistical Services (DSS). Firestone HM261 .A463
Location has: 1981-2000

To locate the data in this index, note the poll codes and dates, then see:

American public opinion data [microform] Louisville, Ky. : Opinion Research Service, [1981-
Firestone Microforms Services MICROFICHE 2283

Compilation of public opinion surveys conducted in the United States and more than 80 other countries. Each record includes the question asked and the responses given, the polling organization responsible for the work, the date the information was released, the sample size, and the groups or areas included in the interview.

General Social Survey

General social surveys, 1972-2004 [electronic resource]. Ann Arbor, MI : Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [producer and distributors], 2005. Electronic access:
Data and codebook can be downloaded from ICPSR.
Codebooks also available at: Firestone HN59 .N365 1973; Donald E. Stokes Library (SPIA) HN29.D43 1985#

American attitudes [electronic resource]: what Americans think about the issues that shape their lives. By the editors of New Strategist Publications. 4th ed. Ithaca, N.Y.: New Strategist Publications, c2005.


Public opinion (Washington, D.C. : 1886). Washington, D.C.: Public Opinion Co., 1886-1906.
Absorbed by: Literary digest (New York, N.Y. : 1890)
RECAP 0901.P979
Location has: Vol. 1, no. 1 (Apr. 15, 1886)-v. 40, no. 26 (June 30, 1906)

Literary digest


Polling America : an encyclopedia of public opinion. Edited by Samuel J. Best and Benjamin Radcliff. : Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, c2005.
Data and Statistical Services (DSS). Firestone HN90.P8 P645 2005