Thousands of Public Opinion Polls—Perfect for Research, Debates, and Discussions
Polling the Nations, the critically acclaimed online database of public opinion polls, has been completely redesigned and rebuilt from the ground up. Aggregated from more than 1,000 sources, the polls feature 750,000+ poll questions covering hundreds of breaking-news events, including the 2020 presidential election, COVID-19, climate change, and Black Lives Matter, and thousands of topics, including affirmative action, criminal justice reform, immigration, voting rights, and many more. The clean, intuitive new design and powerful, interactive tools provide users with great flexibility to customize and organize the information exactly as they wish.
Polling the Nations brings together thousands of polls going back more than a third of a century, giving students the tools they need to investigate, analyze, and think critically about the important challenges facing the world—a must-have database for any institution.
Polls are essential parts of contemporary life—a trusted measure of public sentiment that help students and scholars gauge what large numbers of people are thinking or doing. By informing citizens, leaders, and businesses what broad swaths of the population believe on specific issues and ideas, polls can even steer the economy, influence elections, and determine the direction of the country.
Polls play a unique and important role in today’s world. Although polls aren’t perfect and can occasionally yield flawed results, evidence shows overwhelmingly that they are the best and most accurate way to measure public opinion at a given moment in a given era. Polls are also objective and unbiased. Unlike other forms of information—articles, reports, speeches, etc.—polls rely entirely on raw data unfiltered by ideology or political slant. In addition, they are easy to read and understand.
For students, the information gained from polls is especially useful in pro/con discussions, debates, presentations, and reports. The polling results in Polling the Nations can be used to add real-life, up-to-date information on a wide range of topics in subjects including social studies, history, civics, government, political science, economics, current events, sociology, and media and cultural studies. Polling the Nations is also an outstanding resource for math and statistics courses that require students to create graphs to display data.
Clear and unbiased, Polling the Nations’ polls are excellent primary sources that encourage and facilitate critical thinking and learning. Having access to this direct, unfiltered information provides a fresh perspective that can be found in no other place.
Polling the Nations’ sheer comprehensiveness makes it the best resource for polling data, having more surveys from more sources in more countries than any other resource anywhere. The polls cover all 50 states, dozens of U.S. cities, Canadian provinces, and more than 100 countries around the world. Polling the Nations is updated regularly so users always have access to the latest polls. Plus, having more than 30 years of outstanding reference material makes it easy for researchers to track changing public opinions on topics over time.
“University and research libraries will want it in their collections.”
“An excellent tool for public and academic libraries.”
“This is a resource beyond compare in the polling field.”
“A valuable source for those researching American opinion polls.”
“For students or professional pollsters, the capability of narrowing a search to the specific wording used and then seeing the outcome is quite remarkable…For access to question-level documentation, this resource has no competitors…Highly recommended.”