Saturday, June 24, 2006

Watching the Polls

As Americans move into another election cycle, public opinion polls will become hot topics for the media, the candidates and the voters. Opinion polls also provide excellent background and statistical information for law-related research papers and articles. LexisNexis Polls & Surveys (part of LexisNexis Academic Universe--Reference) is a subscription database provided to all Hofstra students through the Axinn Library. It offers searchable full-text access to the comprehensive collection of United States public opinion sources maintained by the nonprofit Roper Center for Public Opinion Research. LexisNexis Polls & Surveys is the place to find polls conducted by sources such as Harris, Roper, network television and cable news organizations, and major American newspapers such as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. Topics range from politics and government to business, international relations, social affairs, and consumer behavior and preferences. Search criteria include keyword, survey sponsor, U.S. adults or registered voters, and survey date. A direct link to LexisNexis Polls & Surveys is provided on the Hofstra “Libraries” page, under “Research Databases.” For off-campus access, a network user name and password are required.
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