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Rural Sociology

Tips, techniques & links to help you find answers for your research papers & projects

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

Newspapers and Other Media Sources

Newspapers can be an excellent source for current information of all kinds on the international, national, regional or local level. The MU Journalism Library's Find News guide has news databases available through the MU Libraries where you can do sophisticated searches and find some backfiles we have purchased. 

There are thousands of  news sites of all political stripes on the internet.  Always look for information,  (e.g., About Us ), on the sponsoring organization to check for bias.  Here are several that are often cited:

Democracy NOW!

BBC News

Real Clear Politics



Public Agenda