In this edition:  Roper By the Numbers, Small Independent Media Inititative,  Mitofsky Event, New Data Providers, Census Panel, Historical British Polls, Cold War Data Brief, and Staff.
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From the Executive Director’s Desk
It’s been an exciting autumn at the Roper Center! During the last three months, we added 4,147 new questions to Roper iPoll and 127 new datasets from 17 different organizations. There were more than 90,000 user sessions, resulting in 186,624 question views and 14,811 data downloads. We thank our many data providers and members for helping generate these awesome numbers! This Data Dive offers information on new data providers, our 2020 Election Initiative, recent Roper events, and more.

Peter Enns
Executive Director, Roper Center for Public Opinion Research
Associate Professor, Department of Government, Cornell University
Co-Director, Cornell Center for Social Sciences

New Data Providers
The Roper Center is happy to announce the Colorado College State of the Rockies Project has joined the Roper archive as a data provider.  It's mission is to enhance understanding of and action to address socio-environmental challenges in the Rocky Mountain West through collaborative student-faculty research, education, and stakeholder engagement. The Colorado College State of the Rockies Project polls available below use recently developed methods, including registration-based sampling (RBS). Learn more about the project here.
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Since 2001, Fairleigh Dickinson University’s (FDU) PublicMind has conducted survey research on issues of public importance. Utilizing best practices in survey methodology, PublicMind produces research that is conducted nationally and statewide. Findings from PublicMind surveys have been reported on by the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Star Ledger, Bergen Record, as well as numerous broadcast media outlets. In addition, FDU Poll engages in research for corporate, non-profit, and government entities. To access their data click here.
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Rutgers Center for State Health Policy is an initiative within the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research with a mission to inform, support and stimulate state health policy in NJ and around the nation. Polls from 2016, 2017 and 2019 are already available.
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Kohut Fellow Issue Brief


By 2019 Kohut Fellow-Nina Obermeier

During her time as an Andrew Kohut Fellow, Nina Obermeier analyzed more than three decades of public opinion data from West Germany. Nina was the first researcher to ever analyze some of these data. Her research offers unprecedented insight into how West Germans viewed the United States from 1955 to 1989 and how German partisanship was related to these views. Read more about Nina’s impressive research and its implications for understanding public opinion during the Cold War here.
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New Members
From the Archive: 80 Years Ago

Roper Staff Events
The Roper Center’s 2nd Annual Pumpkin Painting Potluck was a huge success, with some gorgeous creations. The Eye of Sauron made an appearance, as did the Rebel Alliance Starbird, Pennywise the Dancing Clown, a freehand Ron Swanson, and the entire Potter Pumpkin family. A number of abstract, artistic pumpkins were made, including one very scary Jack-o-Lantern decorated as an iPoll chart.
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Election 2020:
Small Media Membership Offer
Between now and the 2020 election, the Roper Center will waive the cost of a one-year membership for small independent news organizations, providing free access to more than 720,000 public opinion survey questions from 1935 to today. Representatives of small, independent news outlets that wish to apply should contact to begin the process. For more details, read the press release
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Warren J. Mitofsky Award Ceremony and Dinner

The Roper Center Board of Directors proudly presented Patricia Moy, Christy Cressey Professor of Communication and Associate Vice Provost for Academic and Student Affairs at the University of Washington, with the 2019 Warren J. Mitofsky Award for Excellence in Public Opinion Research. 
Prior to, the Roper Center co-sponsored a panel discussion on Big Challenges for the 2020 U.S. Census.  We would like to thank our partners, NYAAPOR, the Academy of Political Science, as well as the panelists, Margo Andersondanah boydMark HansenMelva M. Miller, and James Treat

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Restoring Historic British Public Opinion Data

The Roper Center is excited to announce a project to help restore hundreds of historical British public opinion surveys. Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, this project represents a partnership between the University of Southampton and the Roper Center. The project will restore hundreds of previously unanalyzed British public opinion polls conducted between 1945 and 1991. The data sets are currently stored in “column binary format” based on IBM punch cards, rendering them inaccessible to most researchers today.

To date, this information has been lost to history, because only a small fraction of the original surveys have seen the light of day. Learn more about the project here.
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Welcome to the Roper Center!
Administrative Assistant -- Meg Ross
Meg Ross is the Administrative Assistant for the Roper Center. She handles the day-to-day needs of the Roper staff and student workers, as well as assisting with marketing and member relations, financial administration, and planning events both on and off-campus. Meg's previous work has provided her with a strong and varied background in customer service and success. She currently holds a B.A. in Creative Writing from SUNY Oswego.

Applications Programmer -- Paul Houle

Paul Houle is an Applications Programmer at the Roper Center. Paul has been a developer, system administrator, and database administrator for hundreds of web sites, including the Cornell University Library, local web design firms, and others.  Paul helps put advanced technology applications (e.g. neural networks) in front of customers.  At times he has been focused on sales automation, semantic web, and model-based approaches to software development.  He serves on a committee that develops tools to help users understand the ISO 20022 financial messaging standard.  Paul completed a B.S. in Physics and Mathematics at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology and a Ph.D. in Physics from Cornell

Systems Administrator -- Will Hall

Will Hall is a Systems Administrator at the Roper Center.  Skilled in server and database administration, web development, and application analysis, he has worked as a technology professional for consulting firms and a Fortune 500 company. Prior to Roper, he worked in the financial industry in IT Operations.  When not finding solutions to technical problems he enjoys playing hockey, snow/water skiing, and fishing in the Finger Lakes.  He currently holds a B.A. in Psychology from Syracuse University, as well as multiple technical certifications.

The complete Roper Center staff page is here.

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