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Gallup public opinion poll resources: Gallup Poll microdata

Overview and Current release notes

Most recent microdata releases Gallup World Poll, 2006-2019 / all countries dataset 21 December 2020
  Gallup Social Series 2000-2020 multiyear datasets (January–November topical modules) 21 December 2020
  Gallup Panel COVID-19 Survey, March 2020-ongoing dataset 21 December 2020
  Gallup US Daily Tracking Poll, 2008-2016 annual datasets 25 January 2018
  Gallup US Daily Tracking Poll, 2017 annual dataset 3 May 2018
  Gallup US Tracking Poll, 2018 annual dataset (PE only)
Gallup National Health and Well-Being Index, 2018 annual dataset (WB only)
2 February 2019
3 July 2019
  Gallup National Health and Well-Being Index, 2019 annual dataset (WB only) 21 October 2019
Requesting Gallup microdata through the Penn Libraries

The Penn Libraries license stipulates that access to Gallup poll microdata must be mediated through Penn Libraries staff. If you are interested in using Gallup microdata and you are a Penn faculty member, student, or researcher, please follow the guidelines here first, consulting the relevant documentation, and then contact Lauris Olson by email to discuss next steps.

Prepare your request with these steps:

  1. Use the documentation - the Gallup-provided methodologies - to learn about the content of the US Daily Tracking Poll and Gallup World Poll series microdata, to see if the microdata cover your topics, and to identify variables that address your topics.
  2. Use the US Daily Tracking Poll "All years" spreadsheet, the World Poll Reference Tool or the World Poll codebooks, or the Social Series finding aids to see the specific years in which your variables appear in the datasets.
  3. Compile a list of dataset years and variables for your extraction request. If you need a dataset subset in addition to variables extraction, then list the variables and their values and value labels you want to use as filters. Also, determine the file format you need: the Gallup microdata datasets are delivered in SPSS sav and Stata dta formats.
Appropriate Use of Gallup microdata

The Penn Libraries have acquired Gallup public opinion poll microdata for research and instructional use by University of Pennsylvania faculty, students, and researchers.

By using your PennKey or by clicking on the links below to access the Gallup microdata and codebook files on this page, you are agreeing to the License Grant signed by the Penn Libraries, which include the terms below. Violating these terms will jeopardize continuing access to Gallup microdata for the entire Penn community.

Penn users may download, use, and manipulate the data. They may create reports and publish externally, redistribute, and manipulate such reports, so long as such externally distributed reports do not contain only Gallup data and so long as Gallup data are not included in a report in a quantity or specificity that could reasonably be deemed to be a substitute for acquiring the data from Gallup. Reports must include attribution when Gallup data are included without modification or are used as a direct source of analysis.

Gallup Poll Social Series

UPDATED 2/28/2021

The Gallup Poll Social Series is a set of twelve topical surveys. Each survey is administered during the same month each year, 2000 or 2001 to present. Surveys within the topical survey series uses the same core-question sequencing. GPSS survey microdata are provided in cumulative datasets that present responses to questions asked in more than one survey year.

January
2001-2008, 2012-2020
Mood of the Nation
Finding Aid (MS Excel)
February
2000-2020
World Affairs
Finding Aid (MS Excel)
March
2000-2020
The Environment
Finding Aid (MS Excel)
April
2001-2020
Economy & Personal Finance
Finding Aid (MS Excel)
May
2001-2020
Moral Values & Beliefs
Finding Aid (MS Excel)
June
2003-2008, 2013, 2015, 2016
Minority Rights & Relations
Finding Aid (MS Excel)
July
2001-2019
Consumption Habits
Finding Aid (MS Excel)
August
2001-2020
Work & Education
Finding Aid (MS Excel)
September
2001-2020
Governance
Finding Aid (MS Excel)
October
2000-2020
Crime
Finding Aid (MS Excel)
November
2001-2020
Health & Health Care
Finding Aid (MS Excel)
December

Lifestyle
No dataset available

Individual monthly surveys within the Gallup Poll Social Series may have additional topical questions and also questions about other issues that may not appear in the cumulative microdata datasets. Microdata for these individual monthly surveys may appear in Roper EXPRESS or the Penn Libraries may be able to obtain them directly from Gallup.

 

Older Gallup Poll microdata

Microdata for more than 2,800 individual Gallup public opinion polls, from 1936 to mid-2015, may be available for download from the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, Cornell University. These microdata include the monthly-rotation Gallup Poll Social Series polls and also other Gallup polls.

Roper Center Gallup Poll microdata may be delivered in one or more format, typically SPSS *.sav format datasets or fixed-field ASCII-text *.dat format datasets. In addition to PDF- or MS Word-format codebooks provided with each dataset,the Roper Center may provide Stata DO files for ASCII datasets.

Gallup Panel - COVID-19 Survey

UPDATED 2/28/2021

Starting in March 2020, Gallup has been surveying Americans on their lives during the COVID-19 crisis. The Gallup Panel COVID-19 Survey asks questions assessing the crisis, social distancing, COVID-19 vaccines, personal and financial disruption, workplace change and disruption, U.S. COVID-19 public policy and leadership, COVID-19 and the economy, COVID-19 and the media, and the wellbeing of U.S. adults and children,  .

The Gallup Panel COVID-19 Survey is a web-administered simple random sample survey of Gallup Panel members. The Gallup Panel is a  probability-based nationally representative panel of U.S. adults. Gallup Panel COVID-19 Survey data collection started on March 13, 2020 and has undergone two subsequent revisions. The survey is fielded via web with an English-language questionnaire only.

  • March 13, 2020 to April 5, 2020. 3,000 Gallup Panel members selected each day with ~1,200 completes daily.
  • April 6, 2020 to April 26, 2020. 2,500 Gallup Panel members selected each day with ~1,200 completes daily.
  • April 27, 2020 to August 16, 2020. 1,250 Gallup Panel members selected each day with ~500 completes daily.
  • August 17, 2020 to present. 6,000 Gallup Panel members selected each month, typically surveyed during the last two weeks of the month.
Documentation

Gallup Panel COVID-19 Survey microdata are provided in SPSS sav and Stata dta formats.

Gallup US Tracking Poll microdata

UPDATED 1/8/2020

The Gallup US Tracking Poll -- also known as US Tracker and formerly known as the US Daily Tracking Poll or the US Dailies -- microdata covers polls conducted during individual years, 2008-2017, aiming to sample 1,000 respondents per day throughout the year, and 2018-2019, with a similar sample on a weekly and monthly basis. The microdata provide year, month, date, and day of the week variables; geographic variables include region, state, metropolitan area, congressional district, and ZIP code. (NB. ZIP Codes average a dozen respondents each per year.) Weighting variables are provided to produce nationwide estimates from the sample data.

From 2008 through 2017, the Gallup US Daily Tracking Poll had two survey components: Politics & Economics (PE) and Well Being (BE) with similar methodologies. For each of these years, US Daily Tracking Poll microdata are presented in one file per survey year, formatted for SPSS or Stata statistical software. The typical annual US Daily Tracking Poll microdata dataset contains more than 350,000 records - 1,000 records per day - with up to 200 variables.

At the beginning of 2018, the Well Being (WB) component was renamed : it is now the National Health and Well-Being Index. The Well-Being component also changed to a monthly mail questionnaire. The Politics & Economics (PE) component, also known as US Tracker, changed to a weekly telephone survey. In effect, the US Daily Tracking Poll's two components have been split and the microdata are presented in two files per survey year. The 2018 PE survey has 92 variables and approximately 1,500 records per week; the 2018 WB survey has 144 variables and approximately 10,000 records per month. The Well-Being component ceased with the August 2019 data collection period.

Documentation
  • Gallup Daily Methodology. May 2017. (PDF)
    Provided by Gallup. Details on the US Daily's overall design, sampling, and administration, for survey years 2008 through 2017. Overview of Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index identifies component questions; SPSS syntax provided for variable recodes and for constructing topical index variables. Codebook provides questions and response options and variable name for Well-being track, Politics & Economy track, and questions shared by both tracks.
  • Gallup Tracking Methodology 2018. March 2019. (PDF)
    Provided by Gallup. Details on the Tracking Survey's (viz., the weekly Politics & Economy survey) overall design, sampling, and administration, for survey years 2018 to present.
  • Gallup National Health and Well-Being Index Methodological Documentation. May 2019. (PDF)
    Provided by Gallup. Details on the National Health and Well-Being Index's (viz., monthly Well-Being survey) overall design, sampling, and administration. Reproduces the survey questionnaire.
  • Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Mail Survey Questionnaire. February 2018. (PDF)
    Provided by Gallup. The 2018 National Health and Well-Being Index (viz., monthly Well-Being survey) questionnaire.
  • US_DAILY_VARIABLES_2008_to_2018_20190207.xlsx.
    Provided by the Penn Libraries. This spreadsheet lists variables appearing in all years of the US Daily Tracking Poll microdata datasets, through the 2017 annual release.. The spreadsheet lists variables, variable labels (some of these are improvised), Gallup-assigned subject categories (some of these are improvised), a tally of years in which each variable is present, and occurrences in individual US Daily Tracking Poll years.
    WARNING! Do not use the 2018 survey variables on this spreadsheet : the WB survey presented here was a preliminary release, lacking important variables.
Data dictionaries
These data dictionaries have been generated using the SPSS codebook command. They list all variables included in the US Daily annual microdata dataset, with variable labels; values for those variables, with value labels; and unweighted record counts for each value.

Gallup World Poll microdata

UPDATED 2/28/2021

The Gallup World Poll microdata dataset covers polls conducted in 168 countries during individual years, 2006-2019. 68 countries have been surveyed in all years (through 2018), and 133 countries have been surveyed in eight or more years. Annual national samples typically survey 1,000 respondents, with some annual national samples surveying 2,000, 4,000, or even 10,000 respondents. Weighting variables are provided to produce nationwide estimates from the sample data.

WARNING. Gallup World Poll microdata are presented in one file, formatted for SPSS or Stata statistical software. The Gallup World Poll microdata dataset is a VERY BIG file. The current release contains 2,022,922 records with 2,661 variables.

Documentation
  • Getting Started with the World Poll Data Set : User Guide for Data Subscribers. April 2019. (PDF)
    Provided by Gallup. Identifies country and time variables, and basic demographic and methodological variables. Illustrates subsetting and weighting in SPSS.
  • Worldwide Research Methodology and Codebook. October 2020. (PDF)
    Provided by Gallup. Details on the World Poll's overall design, sampling, and administration. Overview of Gallup World Poll topical indexes identifies component questions. Codebook provides questions and response options (in English only) and variable name.
  • Gallup World Poll Weighting Process Document. April 2019. (PDF)
    Provided by Gallup. Describes the five steps used to construct and normalize sample weighting variables.
  • Best Practices for Using Gallup World Poll. April 2019. (PDF)
    Provided by Gallup. Guidance on "How can I ensure that the results I present are convincing and accurate?"
  • Country Data Set Details. November 2020. (PDF)
    Provided by Gallup. Tables presenting dataset characteristics for each country's World Poll survey dataset, 2005-2019. Metadata are: Data collection year, Country, Data collection date, Number of interviews, Design effect, Margin of error, Mode of interviewing, Languages, Oversample, Exclusions.
  • GWP_WP5_x_Year_Wave_SPSS_112720.xlsx.
    Provided by the Penn Libraries. This spreadsheet presents record counts for each country by survey year.
  • World Poll Reference Tool.
    Provided by Gallup. Free registration required. Menu-driven database that identifies variables within the World Poll. Provides QTAP (variable ID used in microdata), with question text and valid responses. Lists countries in which the question was asked and years in each country in which the question was asked. See also:
    World Poll Reference Tool quick guide. May 2016 (PDF).
  • GWP_Variables_20190726.xlsx UPDATE IN PROGRESS
    Provided by the Penn Libraries. This spreadsheet lists variables appearing in all years of the Gallup World Poll microdata datasets. The spreadsheet lists variables present in the current dataset, and variables, question text, and Gallup-assigned subject categories appearing in the World Poll Reference Tool.
    Note. Variables present in the current dataset may be absent from the World Poll Reference Tool and vice versa.
Data dictionaries

These data dictionaries have been generated using the SPSS codebook and sysinfo and the Stata codebook commands. They list all variables included in the cumulative World Poll microdata dataset, with variable labels; and values for those variables, with value labels. These files have the same content in different formats. The files were produced by the Penn Libraries.
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