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Social Science Data Resources: Public Opinion

Sources for locating published statistics on topics broadly related to the social sciences, as well as numeric datasets for statistical analysis.

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Searching Orbis for public opinion materials

Hints on subject and keyword searching in Orbis (Yale library catalog) for public opinion materials.

Sample subject searches:
Public opinion--United States
Islam--Public opinion
Capital punishment--United States--Public opinion
Peace--Public opinion

Using subdivisions in subject searches:

  • Use the subdivision Public opinion under names of individual persons, corporate bodies, and topical subjects
  • Use the subdivision Attitudes under classes of persons and ethnic groups
  • Use the subdivisions Public opinion or Foreign public opinion under individual wars, e.g. World War, 1939-1945--Public opinion; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Foreign public opinion
  • Use subdivision Foreign public opinion under names of countries, etc.

Keyword Searching
Keyword searching is a fast way to locate survey results, especially if you aren't familiar with the subject headings.

Sample keyword searches for survey results:
abortion and opinion
aged and (attitudes or opinion)
elections and opinion
europe and opinion