The Transatlantic Trends Survey, 2010 aims to identify the attitudes of the public in the United States and in 12 European countries towards foreign policy and transatlantic issues. This survey concentrated on issues such as: United States and European Union (EU) leadership and relations, international relations, the likelihood of strong leadership from the United States, the EU, Russia, China, and India five years from now, respondent assessment of the current United States President on various issues such as climate change and stabilizing Afghanistan, which issues should be priorities for United States and EU leaders in the next five years, favorability towards certain countries and institutions, international cooperation, international conflict, the role of China in international issues, Turkey and Turkish accession to the EU, the international economic crisis, economic versus military power, Turkey and Cyprus reunification, political party attachment, vote intentions in the next national elections, and left-right political self-placement. Demographic and other background information includes age, gender, race, age when finished full-time education and stage at which full-time education completed, occupation, type of phone line, household composition, type of locality, and region of residence.
Global Views 2010: American Public Opinion and Foreign Policy is part of a quadrennial series designed to investigate the opinions and attitudes of the general public on matters related to foreign policy, and to define the parameters of public opinion within which decision-makers must operate. This public opinion study of the United States focused on respondents’ opinions of the United States’ leadership role in the world and the challenges the country faces domestically and internationally. Many topics are covered.
Assessing Happiness and Competitiveness of World Major Metropolises, 2006 empirically examines happiness and community/city conditions assessed by residents living in ten major cities of the world: Beijing, Berlin, London, Milan, New York City, Paris, Seoul, Stockholm, Tokyo, and Toronto. Respondents were asked questions about themselves and their city of residence. Questions focused on a range of topics including the economy, culture and education, welfare, safety, environment, living conditions, city administration, community life, health, and happiness. Demographic questions included city of residence, gender, age, education level, income level, occupation, marital status, and religion.
The Russia Longitudinal Monitoring Survey (RLMS) is a series of nationally representative surveys designed to monitor the effects of Russian reforms on the health and economic welfare of households and individuals in the Russian Federation. These effects are measured by a variety of means: detailed monitoring of individuals’ health status and dietary intake, precise measurement of household-level expenditures and service utilization, and collection of relevant community-level data, including region-specific prices and community infrastructure data. Data have been collected 18 times since 1992.
Note that this data is now freely available to scholars again (but still requires application and IRB approval).
The Integrated Health Interview Series (IHIS) has recently released 4000 new harmonized variables from the U.S. National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) from 1969 to 2009 (at http://www.ihis.us ). Funded by NIH and carried out at the Minnesota Population Center, the IHIS project is designed to make it easier for researchers to access and use multiple years of U.S. national survey data on health status, health behaviors, and health care by consistently coding and fully documenting variables across time. IHIS data are disseminated for free through a Web-based extraction system that allows researchers to create a customized file with only the years and variables they need. Recently added topic areas include survivorship of survey respondents, child and adult mental health, cancer family history, adult physical activity, and use of complementary and alternative medicine by children and adults.
The Annual Survey of Jails (ASJ) is the only data collection effort that provides an annual source of data on local jails and jail inmates. Data on the size of the jail population and selected inmate characteristics are obtained every five to six years from the Census of Jails. In each of the years between the full censuses, a sample survey of jails is conducted to estimate baseline characteristics of the nation’s jails and inmates housed in these jails. The 2009 Annual Survey of Jails is the 22nd such survey in a series begun in 1982. The ASJ supplies data on characteristics of jails such as admissions and releases, growth in the number of jail facilities, changes in their rated capacities and level of occupancy, growth in the population supervised in the community, changes in methods of community supervision, and crowding issues. The ASJ also provides information on changes in the demographics of the jail population, supervision status of persons held, and a count of non-citizens in custody.
Data is also available in the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data for earlier years.
The Indian National Election Study, 1967, 1971, 1979, 1985 is a series of face-to-face surveys of adults in India in the periods immediately following the 1967, 1971, 1979, and 1985 national elections. The focus of these surveys was on the perceptions, attitudes, and behavior of the adult public toward party structures and organizations at the national level of government. In order to assess the sources of influence on respondents’ political attitudes and behavior, they were asked about issues they considered to be most important to both the local and state population, and to rank these issues in order of priority.
Mexican American Study Project II (MASP II), 1998-2000 allows for a longitudinal view of the behavior and ethnic identification of first- through fourth-generation Mexican Americans in these areas. The new survey was used to test hypotheses related to Mexican Americans’ social mobility, their ethnic identity and behavior, their experiences with discrimination, and the relationship between socioeconomic status and ethnic identity. Data includes birth dates, citizenship information, education, income, housing, language, medical, religious affiliations, immediate and extended family demographic information, and self perception in regards to ethnicity.
American Mosaic Project Survey, 2003 is from the American Mosaic Project, a multiyear, multimethod study of the bases of solidarity and diversity in American life. The survey contains items measuring the place of diversity in visions of American society and in respondents’ own lives; social and cultural boundaries between groups and dimensions of inclusion and exclusion; racial and religious identity, belonging and discrimination; opinions about sources of advancement for Whites and African Americans; opinions about immigration and assimilation; diversity in respondents’ close-tie network; political identity and demographic information. The survey also includes oversamples of African American and Hispanic respondents, allowing for comparisons across racial/ethnic categories. Demographic variables include race, age, gender, religion, level of education, United States citizenship status, partisan affiliation, and family income.
Tolerance and Tension–Islam and Christianity in Sub-Saharan Africa is a poll from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. It was conducted in 2008 and 2009 in 19 countries in sub-Saharan Africa and covers social, religious, and political attitudes.