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Data & Data Sets
DemographicsNow (Gale Business) This link opens in a new window
A comprehensive tool that provides highly sought after demographic data including income, housing, race, age, education, consumer expenditures, and more.
World Development Indicators (WDI) This link opens in a new window
The World Bank's premier annual compilation of data about development. Includes more than 900 indicators in over 80 tables organized into six sections: World View, People, Environment, Economy, States and Markets, and Global Links.
Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research This link opens in a new window
An archive of computer-based research and instructional data for the social sciences administered by the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan.
Note: downloading and viewing of data files may require proprietary software.
Public Opinion Research
Pew Research Center
"We conduct public opinion polling, demographic research, content analysis, and other data-driven social science research. We do not take policy positions."
Roper Center for Public Opinion Research
"...holds polling data ranging from the 1930s, when survey research was in its infancy, to the present. Almost 700,000 questions of U.S. samples can be searched at the question-level in iPOLL, while RoperExpress offers downloads of 23,000 datasets from over 100 countries. As part of its mission to maximize use and access for the data in its collection, the Center also provides multiple resources on politics, elections, U.S. policy, and social issues."
Public Agenda Online
"...gathers public opinion data from a wide variety of sources including surveys conducted by most major opinion research organizations...combines statistics and commentary in an organized, easy-to-understand format" [Review: Caroline L. Gilson, DePauw University]
Pew Research Center Global Attitudes and Trends
"Most of the international surveys conducted by the Pew Research Center are through the Pew Global Attitudes Project...Depending on the data collection mode best suited to a country, the surveys are conducted by telephone or face-to-face. Most of the national surveys are representative of the entire population of a given country."