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Sociology 4620: Drugs and Society: Census and Statistics

National Center for Health Statistics

Though not part of the Census Bureau, the National Center for Health Statisttics is a rich source of information about America's health.

Health statistics allow us to:

  • document the health status of the population and of important subgroups
  • identify disparities in health status and use of health care by race or ethnicity, socioeconomic status, region, and other population characteristics
  • describe our experiences with the health care system
  • monitor trends in health status and health care delivery
  • identify health problems
  • support biomedical and health services research
  • provide information for making changes in public policies and programs
  • evaluate the impact of health policies and programs

General Statistical Resources

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Public Opinion Polls

Opinion Polls

The Pew Research Center has reliable and relevant polling data on topics of current interest. 

iPoll - free text search of 600,000 public opinion surveys since 1935

Roper Center for Public Opinion Research - online analysis of public opinion, data downloads