Has Polling Killed Democracy?: Polling on the Web
This is an annotated guide to political polling and polling-related websites.
|News Media Polls||Nonprofit Polls||Professional Organizations|
|Commercial Polls||Polling Data Archives||Other Guides to Polling on the Web|
|Journals and Blogs||State and Regional Polls|
News Media Polls
ABC News Polls (2005-present)
Associated Press (AP)/Ipsos Polls (2003-present)
CBS News Polls (Current Year)
Fox News Polls (2005-present)
New York Times Polls (2002-present)
NPR/Kaiser/Kennedy School Polls (1999-present)
Time Magazine/SRBI Poll Archive (2004-present)
Washington Post Polls (1997-present)
Edison Media Research and Mitofsky International
This website describes the exit polling that Edison/Mitofsky does for the National Election Pool, comprised of ABC, CBS, CNN, FOX, NBC, and the Associated Press. The firm also conducts consumer polls.
This website provides free access to some of the latest Gallup Poll articles. A subscription is required to access the Gallup Brain, an archive of more than 70 years of the firm's polling data.
This website provides free access to Harris Poll news releases going back to 2005 and Financial Times/Harris Poll releases since the poll's inception in 2006.
This website enables users to participate in and read about PollingPoint on-line polls.
This website contains recent SurveyUSA polls and news releases. SurveyUSA is "an independent, non-partisan, full-service opinion research firm that conducts scientific research for media, government, and private-sector clients."
This website contains current Zogby news releases and news stories about Zogby polls. The website also enables users to participate in Zogby's on-line polls. Zogby has been conducting polls since 1984.
Journals and Blogs
This website contains an extensive collection of political polls organized by topic. Subscribers have access to additional poll information.
This website contains a wide selection of political polls and poll-analyses. It features a polling blog by Mark Blumenthal, the editor and publisher of Pollster.com. The website also provides links to other polls and polling resources.
This website contains a wide selection of poll reports and other poll-related material. Rasmussen is "an electronic publishing firm specializing in the collection, publication, and distribution of public opinion polling information." Subscribers have access to additional polling content.
Real Clear Politics
This website publishes the latest polls and a political blog.
Center for Deliberative Democracy
The Center uses an innovative method known as "deliberative polling" to assess public opinion. Professor James Fishkin of Stanford University, who originated the idea of "deliberative polling," directs the Center.
Kaiser Family Foundation
The Foundation "runs the largest public opinion research program in health." The website includes a fully searchable archive containing 65 years worth of survey questions on health issues.
National Opinion Research Center (NORC)
NORC has been conducting survey research since 1941. The website currently lists 105 research studies in a variety of fields. Access to information varies by the study.
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press
Pew studies attitudes towards the press, politics, and public opinion. The website features access to recent commentary on polls, summaries of survey reports going back to 1987, and survey data going back to 1997.
Founded in 1975 by Daniel Yankovich and Cyrus Vance, Public Agenda's mission is to provide nonpartisan public opinion information to leaders and educate people about policy issues. The website contains an archive of Research Studies going back to 1983.
Polling Data Archives
American National Election Studies
This website provides access to the data from National Election Studies, which have been conducted regularly since 1948.
Gallup Brain (subscription required)
This website is a searchable database of Gallup Polls since 1935. It also contains poll-analysis articles going back to 1997.
Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) (subscription required)
Established in 1962, ICPSR is one of the largest archives of social science data.
Odum Institute for Research in Social Science
The Odum Institute "maintains one of the oldest and largest catalogs of machine-readable data in the U.S. It has an extensive collection of U.S. Census data, including one of the most complete holdings for 1970 Census files. Other major sources of data include the North Carolina State Data Center, which distributes North Carolina census data; and the National Center for Health Statistics."
Roper Center for Public Opinion Research (subscription required)
The Center houses one of the world's largest collections of polling data. Its iPOll data bank contains half a million questions.
Survey Research Center (University of Michigan)
"For more than 50 years, the Survey Research Center has been a national and international leader in interdisciplinary social science research involving the collection or analysis of data from scientific sample surveys."
State and Regional Polls
Founded in 1978, the Marist Institute for Public Opinion (MIPO) is a survey research center at Marist College in New York.
Mason-Dixon Polling and Research
Mason-Dixon is an independent polling firm that conducts public policy and political polling and research for news media, advocacy groups, trade associations, public relations and marketing professionals.
Quinnipiac Polling Institute
The Quinnipiac University Poll regularly surveys residents in Connecticut, Florida, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania and nationwide about political races, state and national elections, and policy issues.
American Association of Public Opinion Researchers (AAPOR)
AAPOR is the leading professional organization of public opinion and survey research professionals in the U.S., with members from academia, media, government, the non-profit sector and private industry.
National Council of Public Polls (NCPP)
The NCPP is an association of polling organizations established in 1969. Its mission is to "set the highest professional standards for public opinion pollsters, and to advance the understanding, among politicians, the media and general public, of how polls are conducted and how to interpret poll results."
Other Guides to Polling on the Web
Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL): Guide to Public Opinion Poll Web Sites: Polling Data from Around the World
This website is the most comprehensive guide to polling on the web. It is a mostly annotated compilation of the major polling and polling-related websites around the world. It lists the major media polls, commercial and nonprofit polls, polling databases, state and regional polls, university polls, and international polls.
Cornell University, Cornell Institute for Social and Economic Research (CISER) Data Archive
This website offers an extensive annotated list of polling websites and archives. Some of the polling data is available only by subscription.
Cornell University Library: Polling and Public Opinion Data: A Research Guide
This website is a useful, annotated guide to electronic and print sources on polling.
University of Pennsylvania: Public Opinion Polls: Research Guide
This guide "describes resources and strategies useful for researching public opinion. In addition to identifying major reference works in print and electronic formats, sources available to Penn students, faculty, and staff for public opinion aggregate data and microdata are presented."
Compiled by Mark Nevin
March 28, 2008