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Sociology Resources: Public Opinion & Survey Resources

General Social Survey

The General Social Survey is widely regarded as the single best source of data on societal trends. It contains demographic, behavioral, and attitudinal questions, plus topics of special interest. Many of the core questions have remained unchanged since 1972 to facilitate time-trend studies as well as replication of earlier findings. The GSS takes the pulse of America, and is a unique and valuable resource.

"An independent, nonpartisan resource on trends in American public opinion."

Polling Resources

Methods 101 : Random Sampling

Methods 101 is a video series from the Pew Research Center  designed to help the public understand the methods used in Pew's survey research.

Pew conducts monthly polls on major policy issues and describes itself as "an independent, non-partisan public opinion research organization that studies attitudes toward politics, the press and public policy issues."


Freely accessible websites that compile public opinion data: