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In this edition:  Roper by the Numbers, Recently Developed Methods Collection, Mitofsky Award Event, Roper Archival Advisory Committee, Fellowship Spotlight, Live in the Archive, Free Post-Election Expert Panel Events, All New Roper iPoll is LIVE!, New Data Providers, New Members, New Staff, Roper Pumpkin Carving Event
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Roper By the Numbers
So far this year, the Roper team has published a record-setting 17,664 new questions and 309 new datasets. These numbers include 5,012 questions related to COVID-19 as well as the AP VoteCast 2020 primary data, adding to Roper’s collection of more than 1,000 U.S. exit polls since 1972. Learn more about Roper’s many activities below, including two upcoming post-election expert panels, the 2020 Mitofsky Award event, Roper’s new Recently Developed Methods Collection, and more.

Sincerely,
Peter K. Enns
Executive Director, Roper Center for Public Opinion Research
Co-Director, Cornell Center for Social Sciences
Associate Professor, Department of Government, Cornell University
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Mitofsky Award Event
Thursday, November 12th at 4 PM EST
Registration is open for the 2020 Warren J. Mitofsky Award event on Thursday, November 12th at 4 PM EST. Click this link to register online. This year, we are thrilled to be honoring Karlyn Bowman of AEI with the Warren J. Mitofsky Award for Excellence in Public Opinion Research in recognition of her many contributions to the field. While our virtual ceremony and celebration will mean we regrettably won’t see many of you in person this year, it has the benefit of allowing more colleagues and friends of the Roper Center to participate.
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Women in Early Public Opinion Polling
recruiting ad for part time pollstersGallup and Roper helped to transform public opinion research into a rigorous science that could capture an image of a changing America. For that, the two public opinion research innovators would need to draw on a steady stream of data supplied by pollsters—many of them women. Kohut Fellow, Kwelina Thompson, describes early polling conditions for women in her blog post “Women in Public Polling."
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COVID-19 Research Support
covidThe Roper Center is committed to supporting the research community through the COVID-19 pandemic. Our data team continues to prioritize the processing of all COVID-19 surveys, often on a 24 to 48-hour turnaround. You can access our Topic Tracker technology to chart COVID-19 survey question frequency in Roper iPoll. Additionally, while the pandemic continues, we are making all datasets related to COVID-19 publicly available. If you have pandemic data you would like Roper Center to archive, please contact us.
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Congratulations to Kathleen Weldon!
Congratulations to our very own @KathleenWeldon for being elected to the @NYAAPOR Executive Council! Kathleen will be Associate Counselor at Large through June of 2021.  https://www.nyaapor.org/about-us
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All New Roper iPoll is LIVE!
New iPoll interface
The classic version of the iPoll system was decommissioned in September, making way for the enhanced features of the new Roper iPoll experience. We welcome your feedback and remind you to update your bookmark to https://ropercenter.cornell.edu/ipoll/
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Fellowship Spotlight: Where Are They Now?
The Jimena ValdezRoper Center extends student fellowships every year and many of those fellows keep in touch as they chart their careers in academia, the polling industry, and beyond.  2019 Mitofsky Graduate Research Fellow, Jimena Valdez, focused on the political economy of the euro, including public opinion towards the Eurozone crisis and related policy responses while earning her Ph.D. from the Government Department at Cornell University. Jimena is now at the London School of Economics and Political Science, working as a Fellow in European (Comparative and/or International) Political Economy.  Click here to learn more about Roper Center Fellowship and the contributions of our student employees.
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Roper Pumpkin Carving
Troper pumpkinshe team at Roper stays connected in a virtual world by having the occasional casual event.  On a recent Friday afternoon, staff gathered to decorate pumpkins before the Halloween holiday weekend.  Visit our Facebook page to see all of our creations.
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Recently Developed Methods Collection

In 2019, The Roper Center Board of Directors announced the Recently Developed Methods Collection (RDMC).  The RDMC is an extension of the searchable archive that includes online non-probability polls, mixed probability and non-probability methods polls, IVR polls, RBS sample polls, and other surveys utilizing recently developed survey-based public opinion research methods. (Our handy polling glossary is here.) To learn more about the RDMC, click here for a 1:30 video.

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Free Post-Election Expert Panel Events
panel event speaker platform The Roper Center Board of Directors is excited to co-host a very special pair of post-election panel events with DC-AAPOR.  If you are interested in the issues surrounding disinformation and election interference, and/or better understanding the effects of race, gender, and generation, then these events are not to be missed. Measuring Impact of Online Communications and Disinformation in Campaigns will be held on November 11th, 2020 at 4:00 PM EST.  2020 Election Polling: A Postmortem will be held on November 13th, 2020 at 4:00 PM EST. Both panels are free and open to the public. Learn more and register for the panels at this linked webpage.
 
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Roper Archival Advisory Committee
ron nakaoThe Roper Center is pleased to announce that Ron Nakao is now a member of the Roper Center Archival Advisory Committee, joining Thu-Mai Christian, Bobray Bordelon, and Limor Peer. The RCAAC guides and advises on data archiving best practices, procedures, and the future direction of the Roper Center's methodological practices.  Visit this page to understand more about the Roper Center’s archival processes.
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Roper Center Supports Black Lives Matter

As we reflect on racism and anti-racism, the Roper Center has identified and is making available all public opinion surveys of Black Americans in the Roper data archive. We highlight these surveys of Black Americans, which span from 1945 to 2020, in order to remember and amplify the voices of these individuals. We are also making more than eight decades of public opinion data on how the U.S. public views Black America available. These data provide historical insight into how racial attitudes have changed in the United States and how the public currently views topics such as police brutality, race relations, and Black Lives Matter. We are making all of the data in the Say Their Names, Hear Their Voices collection freely available to the public on request. If you are not a Roper Center member, contact Data Services to request access.

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New Data Spotlight
axios logoAxios’ three co-founders — Jim VandeHei, Mike Allen, and Roy Schwartz — launched the company in January 2017. They engineered Axios around a simple proposition — deliver the clearest, smartest, most efficient and trustworthy experience for audience and advertisers alike. They cover stories clinically, not ideologically.  Click here to learn more and explore Axios polling data in Roper iPoll.

Ipsos believes their clients need more than a data supplier, they need a partner who can produce accurate and relevant information and turn it into actionable truth. This is why Ipsos' passionately curious experts not only provide the most precise measurement, but shape it to provide True Understanding of Society, Markets and People. Click here to learn more and explore Ipsos polling data in Roper iPoll.

 
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New Staff: Welcome to the Roper Center
As a new data curator, Claire Cepuran will work closely with the data team to curate datasets from the Timesharing Experiments in the Social Sciences (TESS) and oversee the addition of results from these survey experiments into the Roper iPoll question database.  Claire previously worked for the National Addiction & HIV Data Archive Program at ICPSR. She currently holds a B.A. in Public Policy from the University of Michigan.

shavon stewartAs a new data curator, Shavon Stewart works closely with the data team to process, maintain, and share various datasets, and will help bring historically inaccessible data to light through column binary conversion. Having worked previously at Dryad Digital Repository, Shavon brings preservation experience to this position. She currently holds a M.S. in Library and Information Sciences from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a B.A. in History from North Carolina A & T State University.
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