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Public Affairs: Public Opinion Sources


The Field Poll

The Field Poll was established in 1947 as The California Poll by Mervin Field and has operated continuously as an independent, non-partisan, media-sponsored public opinion news service. Each year the poll covers a wide range of political and social topics examining California public opinion. Surveys are made at frequent intervals throughout the year. The full text of recent surveys are available online courtesy of the Field Research Corporation. You can also search, analyze, and download archived survey data (from approximately 1956 to 2006) on the UC Data website.


Gallup Poll News Service

The Gallup Organization has been conducting public opinion polls across the country since 1935. The library has multiple means of accessing Gallup Poll data:

Much of Gallup's recent polling data and reports is available for free on their website. See also "Trends A-Z" for historical data and trends on dozens of topics.

The Gallup Poll News Service provides news centered on public opinion from 2003-present. Articles from the Gallup Poll News Service analyze findings and trends in politics, business, social issues, and Americans' lifestyles. Two weeks lag-time.

A CD of survey questions and results covering the period from 1935-1997 is available at the Gleeson Circ. Desk:  HN90.P8 G295 2000.  

A cumulative index to the Gallup Poll for the years 1935-1997 is shelved at Reference HN90.P8 G29 1999.

An independent, nonpartisan resource on trends in American public opinion. Use this website to find the results of recent surveys from prominent polling agencies.

Harris Vault

Discover and explore over 40 years of Harris Poll reports, dating back to the Harris Poll’s inception in 1963.  

Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) - Statewide Survey

The Statewide Survey providese independent, objective, nonpartisan information on the social, economic, and political attitudes and policy preferences underlying ballot choices in statewide races and citizens' initiatives.


Washington Post Public Opinion Polls

Get the latest results of polls conducted by the Washington Post. For older polls see the archive.


ANES: American National Election Studies

ANES produces high quality data from its own surveys on voting, public opinion, and political participation. See "Tables and Graphs" for easy access to the data.


Pew Research Center for the People and the Press

This is an independent opinion research group that studies attitudes toward the press, politics and public policy issues. Look under the heading “Survey Reports” to find information on trends in values and political and social attitudes.


Public Agenda

Public Agenda is a nonpartisan research organization. Look under the heading “Issue Guides” to find facts and figures on specific issues, and analysis of public attitudes from surveys conducted by Public Agenda and by other respected polling and news organizations.



Founded in 1941 as the National Opinion Research Center, NORC at the University of Chicago serves the public interest and improves lives through objective social science research. You can browse their reports online.


World Public

The website provides information and analysis about public opinion on international policy issues from around the world. 


World Values Survey

The World Values Survey (WVS) is a worldwide network of social scientists studying changing values and their impact on social and political life. The WVS in collaboration with EVS (European Values Study) has carried out representative national surveys in 97 societies containing almost 90 percent of the world's population. In order to monitor changes, the EVS/WVS has executed five waves of surveys, from 1981 to 2007.


Latin American Public Opinion Project

LAPOP conducts surveys of public opinion in the Americas, with over thirty years of experience. Every two years it carries out the AmericasBarometer survey, which currently covers 26 nations including all of North, Central and South America, and the Caribbean.


Chicago Council on Global Affairs Surveys

While known for its studies of American public opinion on foreign policy, The Chicago Council also contributes to national and international discussions on issues such as migration, agricultural development and food security, and energy and climate change.


Asian Barometer

The Asian Barometer is an applied research program on public opinion on political values, democracy, and governance around the region.  See the "Publications" section for survey results examining daily life in East, Southeast, South and Central Asia.


HuffPost Pollster

If you're looking for polls relating to U.S. politics, this is a great source.  HuffPost Pollster, formerly known as, publishes a comprehensive listing of poll results combined into interactive charts. The Pollster blog provides a daily running commentary that explains and critiques political polling.


Passport GMID: Survey (from Euromonitor)

Choose "Survey" from the menu at the top of Passport's homepage. The "Survey" module aggregates data and analysis from consumer surveys worldwide, involving thousands of individual consumers in emerging and developed markets. Data and reports cover the entirety of consumer life, including healthy living, technology, spending, personal traits and values, delivering globally comparable consumer insight across markets.

American Attitudes: Who Thinks What about the Issues that Shape Our Lives

A very user friendly publication which tracks changes in public opinion and breaks-down responses by race, age and education level. The data in this publication are from the 1998 General Social Survey of the University of Chicago’s National Opinion Research Center. Data are organized by subject area.

Call Number:
Ref HN90 .P8 M58 2000

Gleeson Reference Room, 1st Floor


An American Profile: Opinions and Behavior, 1972-1989

Annual opinion results on 300 high-interest issues for the years 1972-1989, derived from the General Social Survey of the University of Chicago’s National Opinion Research Center.

Call Number:
Ref HN90 .P8 W7 1990

Gleeson Reference Room, 1st Floor


Index to International Public Opinion 1978-1999

Contains questions and results from surveys conducted around the world during 1978-1999.

Call Number:
HM261 .I552


Gleeson Reference Room, 1st Floor
1978-1989 Gleeson Stacks, 2nd Floor


American Public Opinion Index

Compiles survey questions and responses asked by national, state and local survey organizations in the U.S during 1985-2000. For the companion microfiche which contain the survey responses for the years 1984-1996, please ask at the Reference Desk (the fiche are in the storage closet).

Call Number:
HM261 .A463


1990-2000 Index: 
Gleeson Reference Room, 1st Floor
1985-1989 Index: Gleeson Stacks, 2nd Floor
1984-1996 Data: Gleeson Reference Desk, 1st Floor (Microfiche in storage closet)