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Social and Public Policy: 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.

Polling Resources

The Pew Research Center 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."

Report: The Generation Gap and the 2012 Election. Section 4: Views of the Nation & GOP Voters Continue to Give Field Subpar Ratings

Below is a list of freely accessible websites that compile public opinion data: