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GOV312: Political Behavior in the United States: Home

Fall 2019, H. Gold

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Basic Search: simple searches by keyword

  1. Choose whether you want to search questionnaires or documents.
  2. Enter a keyword or words to search for. For example, you might enter terms like "president," "economy," "Ronald Reagan," "honesty," or "tobacco."
  3. Hit Enter or click the Search button; this should bring up a list of Gallup survey items or Gallup documents that match your search criteria.

Advanced Search: narrow your search by exact words and within a date range

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  2. To refine your search by looking within a specific date range, use the "before" and "after" options to select a range.
  3. Hit Enter or click the Search button; this should bring up a list of Gallup survey items or Gallup documents that match your search criteria.

Basic search tips:

Keywords Be specific. For example, if you're looking for information on Richard Nixon, enter "Richard Nixon" rather than "president." The Gallup Brain search engine excludes common words and characters such as "of" and "the."

Word Variations To provide the most accurate results, the Gallup Brain automatically searches for derivatives of your keyword(s). For example, if you type the keyword "America," it will also find "American." Similarly, if you type "politic," it will also find "political."

Capitalization Searches are not case sensitive. All letters, regardless of how you type them, will be read as lowercase. 

 

Use "Gallup Brain" advanced search to include phrases or keywords and limit by date. Remember to be specific.
Decade Breakout listings such as 2010+ present Gallup poll documents over the years.

Use the Topics & Trends A-Z listing to get to compiled results over the years. Most compilations cover recent decades.

"Election Polls - Vote by Groups" goes back to 1952.

Take a group of questions that share the same scale (e.g., the questions were all rated on a 1-to-5 scale) and view the responses over the period of time you specified in your search.

For help getting started with creating charts and spreadsheets, see "How do I use the Create a Trend option?"