Public Opinion Websites
Information on polls and polling accuracy
Mystery pollster - "Demystifying the art and science of political polling"
The debate over weighting for party composition here.
A primer on polling itself at the Roper Center here.
Free and containing
a range of information:
http://www.usaelectionpolls.com/ up to date info on current election polls - searchable
www.zogby.com. The site for Zogby International,
the political polling agency for the Reuters news agency, mostly on electoral choice.
www.cbs.com/navbar/news.html. This site reports the latest results from the CBS Television News/New York Times poll.
www.pollingreport.com. A service of The Polling Report, a nonpartisan clearinghouse for public opinion data; provides free reports on current opinion on politics, the economy, and popular culture.
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/polls/polls.htm. The site for polls conducted by the ABC TV News/Washington Post polling unit.
www.wsj.com. The site for polls conducted by NBC the NBC
Television News/Wall Street Journal.
www.people-press.org. The site for the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, an independent
research group that conducts surveys in depth about current issues. The Center polls ona regular basis
about public attentiveness to news stories, and charts trendsin fundamental social and political values.
A nonpartisan site designed to inform the public .Gives public opinion data organized by topic. Includes both original studies and summaries of other work. Also includes data and information related to topics other than public opinion data .
www.abcnews.go.com/sections/politics/Pollvault/pollvault.html This website archives recent ABC polls, and has links to polls that ABC conducts
in conjunction with the Washington Post.
Paid and/or limited:
- www.cloakroom.com. Sponsored by the National Journal, provides
the most complete up-to-date polling information on electoral contests, but
requires a paid subscription to access the information.
- www.gallup.com. The site for the Gallup Poll
- some free content, some restricted to subscribers.
- www.icpsr.umich.edu. The site for the University
Consortium for Social and Political Research. This site is home to the National Election Studies
(NES), and archives the General Social Survey and the World Values Survey,
as well as others.
- www.norc.uchicago.edu. The site for the National Opinion Research Center. This site is home to the General Social Survey and other NORC studies.
- www.ropercenter.uconn.edu. The site for the Roper Center, which
houses the GallupPoll, media polls, plus others.
archive. The archive associated with the University of North Carolina, home to the
Harris Poll as well as more than 350 state level studies.
- odwin.ucsd.edu/idata. "Data on the Net"
maintained by the University of California at San Diego This site also provides links to other social
Data Archives for
- www.mori.com. A British based opinion research
firm and archive. MORI holds
mostly British opinion data,
but also conducts and archives occasional cross-national studies.
- www.aapor.org. The site for the American
Association for Public Opinion Research, the oldest and most prestigious of
the polling organizations. The
also includes a complete index
to articles published in The Public Opinion Quarterly.
- www.worldopinion.com. The site for the World Association
for Public Opinion Research. The
site often contains useful articles about opinion research.
- www.casro.org. The site for the Council of
American Survey Research Organizations. The primary organization for those doing commercial survey research.
This is a website devoted to issues of applied probability pitched at an undergraduate
or informed laypersons
level. There are frequent discussions of polling issues and other data issues
of interest to social scientists.
- www.stats.org The Statistical Assessment Service (STATS) is
a nonpartisan research organization in Washington,
DC. It serves as a resource for journalists
and other interested parties on
controversies involving social data. Public opinion and public opinion polls
are a frequent topic addressed on this website.
- www.washingtonpost.com Richard Morin and Claudia Deane write a regular
column for the Washington
Post called “The Poll Watchers.” It is a good source for informed commentary
on current issues regarding the measurement and reporting of public opinion.
The best way to find their column is go to the Washington Post web
site, and at “Site Search” in the upper right hand corner do a search for
Professor James Stimson of the University
of North Carolina maintains an
updated version of the public’s “policy mood” (Figure 47 in APO)
on his web page. Just click on his name at the political science web site.
- www.orspub.com The website for Polling
the Nations, a comprehensive collection of public opinion data from the
U.S. and more then 80 other countries. There are more than 350,000 survey
items archived, but one must pay a subscription fee to access them.
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