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Public Opinion Poll Data and Survey Resources Guide

Survey Data

American National Election Studies

This survey has been conducted biennially since 1952 and gauges public sentiment on the political process, the role of government, and social and economic issues. The site permits download of the ANES datasets. 

General Social Survey

The General Social Survey is an ongoing regular personal interview survey of U.S. households conducted by the National Opinion Research Center. The survey measures the direction of American attitudes, experiences, practices and concerns. Since 1994 the GSS has been conducted in even number years. A cumulative data file covering 1972- 2002 is available on CD Rom at the Fairchild Library Reserve desk: 301.0723 N827. A General Social Survey FAQ is available for more information.


ICPSR (Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research) is the world's largest archive of computer-readable social science data. As a member institution, Lehigh faculty and students have direct and free access to download data. The data resources include but are not limited to surveys of values, attitudes, health, race and religion, political exit polls and voting behavior, data on crime, and consumer income.

Odum Institute for Research in Social Science

The Odum Institute at the University of North Carolina provides public opinion data concentrated on Southern states that can be searched using Odum's Dataverse database.

World Values Survey

Surveys conducted by a network of social scientists at universities world-wide to provide a worldwide investigation of sociocultural and political change in four waves 1990-1991, 1995-1996, 1999-2001, and 2005.

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