University of Rhode Island Libraries
This guide is an introduction to selected
sources on Public Polling available at URI.
To find additional books, search the
(http://library.uri.edu/) under such
subjects as: ELECTION FORECASTING, ELECTION FORECASTING --
CONSUMER BEHAVIOR, CONSUMER ATTITUDES, or PUBLIC OPINION POLLS. Reference Databases such as
Academic Search Premier, LexisNexis Academic, and
PAIS International may have public poll
data and articles on polling.
There are also related Subject Guides
accessible on the Library's home page under User Guides. Examples
include: United States Government Statistics and Consumer Behavior.
Encyclopedias | Bibliographies
Poll Compilations |
- URI Ref HN90 .P8 P645 2005
- Polling America: An
Encyclopedia of Public Opinion,
edited by Samuel J. Best and Benjamin Radclipp.
- Article-style entries on issues and
concepts surrounding polling, followed by organizations, archives, and
- URI Ref HM1236 .P83 2004
- Public Opinion and Polling
Around the World: A Historical Encyclopedia, edited by
John G. Geer.
- Comprehensive article-style entries with
bibliographic references. Each volume organized by subject and then
alphabetically or chronologically. Includes general bibliography,
index, and sample election studies questionnaire.
- URI Ref Z7164 .P956
- Walden, Graham R. Public
Opinion Polls and Survey Research: A Selective Annotated Bibliography of
U.S. Guides and Studies from the 1980s.
- URI Ref Z7164 .P956
- Walden, Graham R.
Polling and Survey Research Methods, 1935-1979: An Annotated
- Collects annotated citations for a wide
variety of sources on polling and survey research. Organized by
broad subject and then author. Includes extensive author and subject
- URI Ref HN90 .P8 A527 2005
- American Attitudes: What
Americans Think About The Issues That Shape Their Lives.
- Compilation of survey results from the
University of Chicago's National Opinion Research Center. Displays
results of same questions polled from 1972-2002, as well as some 2002-only
surveys. Broad focus on a wide range of social issues and lifestyle
questions. Includes index.
- URI Ref HN90 .P8 G35
- The Gallup Poll.
- URI Ref HN90 .P8 G29
- The Gallup Poll Cumulative
Index: Public Opinion, 1935-1997.
- Polls on various topics of contemporary
public interest chronologically. Post-1971 volumes include a
chronology of major events for the period covered. Individual
volumes include indexes. The Cumulative Index is organized by
- The Public Perspective: A Roper Center Review of Public Opinion and
- Available from 11/01/1989 to 6/01/2003
through LexisNexis Academic (available at
http://www.uri.edu/library/reference_databases/title.html). Click on
LexisNexis' Guided News Search, then search
by "publication title" (example: "The Public Perspective"). A
database of short articles, most with accompanying polls from various
sources. Topics covered tend to be those of interest at the time of
the polling. Searchable by keyword and date range.
- Carnegie Endowment -- Polling
and Public Opinion Resources.
- Annotated list of links to resources on
polling focused on the U.S. and those focused abroad, as well as some
academic sources. Some print sources also included.
- Database of pan-European polls on public
attitudes towards European Union-related issues. Polls generally
collected into large reports, with topics ranging from feelings about EU
membership to attitudes about alcohol use. Many reports have
country-specific variants, although those tend to be in their native
language. Organized by type of report and date published.
- The Gallup Poll.
- One of the key U.S. polling organizations.
The "Poll Topics A-Z" section provides polls on a wide variety of topics,
most including retrospective data from previous polls on the topic.
Most other site features are pay-only.
- Guide to Public Opinion Poll
Web Sites: Polling Data from Around The World.
- List of annotated online resources on
polling compiled by Association of College & Research Libraries.
Some resources are available only to subscribers.
- Odum Institute Public Opinion
Poll Questions Database.
- Robust search engine for polling
questions. The "Constructing Searches" link at the bottom of the
search page gives detailed instructions on usage. Focuses on
Southern U.S. polling bodies, but includes some significant major U.S.
- Polling Report.
- Compiles recent polls from a variety of
reputable sources. Focuses on political issues and figures, as well
as some social issues. Has basic search function, and a table of
- University of Connecticut's
Roper Center -- Polling 101.
- Overview of topics in polling practice.
Includes glossary of polling terms. The "Analyzing Polls" section
includes information and advice on both computer-assisted and qualitative
- Yale University Library --
- Lists links to various U.S. and
international polling organizations and resources. Some resources
are available only by subscription.
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Mongeau, at (401) 874-4610 or email@example.com.
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