Fall 2019

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This guide is designed to help researchers at Washington and Lee University find the results of public opinion surveys on a wide range of topics. A few of these resources are W&L subscriptions, available only to current students and faculty, while others are provided without-charge.

Databases Covering Multiple Sources

Databases which enable W&L researchers to find survey results from hundreds of sources.

Single-Source Searching

Access to survey results from a single polling organization.

Help with Evaluation

The Associated Press offers guidance in its Stylebook to anyone writing about or using public opinion surveys:

Nate Cohn at the New York Times prepared this guide to assessing the details and methodologies of polls:

The Pew Research Center explains election exit polling:

The Five ThirtyEight site, under the direction of Nate Silver, applies statistical analysis to contemporary issues in politics, economics, and other areas, including these ratings of polling sources' accuracy (updated in Mary 2018):