Polling the Nations

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Polling the Nations is a compilation of the full-text of the questions and responses from over 14,000 national, state, and local surveys conducted since 1986 by more than 1,400 polling organizations in the United States and more than 100 other countries. Polling organizations represented include such standards as Gallup and Roper; major networks, newspapers, and magazines; universities; and foundations, associations, and corporations.

There are over 6,000 topics covered in the database. The subjects cover myriad issues such as gun control, abortion, government, women, race relations, the economy, and children. In addition to these recurring themes, episodic events such as reactions to September 11--trust in government, Americans' willingness to take military action against countries assisting terrorists, whether the rights of average Americans are being protected--are added in a timely fashion.

Polling the Nations is a significant source for marketing information and a rich source of measures of attitude and social behavior of people around the world, explaining both what they do and why. Each record includes the text of the question posed and the responses tabulated. Records can be searched by topic, question text, universe polled, date, polling organization, and response categories.

Dates covered

Varies by individual survey. Collection covers 1986 to the present.

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More than 14,000 public opinion surveys conducted by over 700 polling organizations in more than 100 countries.

Type of coverage

Full-text of survey records.

Print counterpart or
related resources

American Public Opinion Data (microform) and accompanying American Public Opinion Index, 1981-present

Producer/content provider

ORS Publishing

Vendor/electronic presentation provider

ORS Publishing

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