Roper social and political trends, 1973-1994

The dataset includes selected items from 207 public opinion surveys conducted as part of the Roper Reports series by the Roper Organization or its successor organization RoperASW between 1973 and 1994. More than 400,000 unique respondents are included in this cumulative file.

Each survey contains a twelve-item battery of questions about participation in political and social activities, as well as information about respondents’ demographic characteristics. With varying frequency, these surveys also include a wide range of other social and civic activities ranging from volunteer work to church attendance to dinner with friends.

Data creator

Roper Organization


Date of creation
2001 Jan
Storrs, Ct: Roper Center for Public Opinion Research
Date of distribution
2001 Mar
Geographic coverage

United States

Date of collection
1973 to 1994
Mode of data collecton

Face-to-face interviews

Unit of observation
Extent of file

1 data file (410,116 logical records) & accompanying documentation


This data set is a compilation of several surveys. Please see the codebook for details.
The Map & Data Library also holds a copy of this dataset on CD-ROM.



Access status
Access conditions and restrictions

University of Toronto faculty, students, and staff, for academic research and teaching purposes only.

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