Pew Global Attitudes Project

Are you interested in public opinion data?

screen shot of web site“The Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project conducts public opinion surveys around the world on a broad array of subjects ranging from people’s assessments of their own lives to their views about the current state of the world and important issues of the day. More than 270,000 interviews in 57 countries have been conducted as part of the project’s work.” Not every country is surveyed every year, but on the web site you can see the list of countries and when they were surveyed. And you can mine the “key indicators database” from the survey data online. Examples of data include: confidence in the U.S. President, satisfaction with country’s direction, and support for suicide bombing among Muslims in the Middle East.

screen shot of web siteAnother source of polling information is the subscription database (available to UWW students and faculty/staff) Polling the Nations. This database contains “the full text of 500,000+ questions and responses, from 14,000+ surveys, conducted from 1986 through the present in the United States and more than 100 other countries around the world.”

Please ask a librarian if you’d like assistance with using these resources.

About Barbara

I am a Reference & Instruction librarian, head of that department in Andersen Library, an associate professor, and a member of the General Education Review Committee and Faculty Senate. I've been working at UW-W since July 1, 1990.
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