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Database Highlight: Roper iPoll

By Laura Childs, Emerging Technologies Librarian

Public Opinion Data from Roper iPoll

The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research recently launched their U.S. State Collection in an effort to improve state-level polling. It includes over 4,000 state polls conducted by more than 450 organizations, and more data is being added every day.

The collection is part of the national Roper iPoll database, which provides access to thousands of survey questions and datasets generated since the 1930’s. It is the largest online archive of public opinion with over 790,000 questions and 25,000 studies from around the world.

Database Features

Within Roper iPoll, you can:

  • Search the database by keyword, state, date range, organization, topic, and more.
  • Find detailed methodological information such as exact question wording, sample size, and survey method.
  • Download up to 500 iPOLL questions at once in a variety of formats, such as CSV, ASCII, Stata, and SPSS.
  • Generate citations.
  • Download charts as image files.
  • Create a personal account for enhanced customization features.

Roper iPoll is an excellent resource for those studying political science, history, statistics, or anyone interested in learning about public opinion on issues ranging from COVID-19 to civil rights.

A bar chart showing the results of a survey question.
ABC News/Ipsos Poll: 2021 Wave 35, Question 7 [31118538.00006]

Additional Library Resources

Find even more survey data through these resources:

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