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Question: Where should one look to find public opinion surveys on workplace issues?
Answer: While there are numerous public opinion polls and services, the following is a good place to begin. Please note the additional list of sources at the end of this answer.
Public Agenda Online: The Inside Source for Public Opinion and Policy Analysis
Public Agenda is a nonpartisan, nonprofit public opinion research and citizen education organization based in New York City. It was founded in 1975 by social scientist and author Daniel Yankelovich and former Secretary of State Cyrus Vance.
A sample of issues relevant to the workplace are:
- Economy: http://www.publicagenda.org/issues/frontdoor.cfm?issue_type=economy
- Family: http://www.publicagenda.org/issues/frontdoor.cfm?issue_type=family
- Immigration: http://www.publicagenda.org/issues/frontdoor.cfm?issue_type=immigration
- Race: http://www.publicagenda.org/issues/factfiles.cfm?issue_type=race
- Social Security: http://www.publicagenda.org/issues/frontdoor.cfm?issue_type=ss
- Welfare and Poverty: http://www.publicagenda.org/issues/frontdoor.cfm?issue_type=welfare
Sources and Resources on Public Opinion Research
A selection of professional groups, research firms and media organizations that conduct public opinion research.
When seeking a specific topic, one should couple it with the controlled vocabulary phrase "Opinion and Attitude Surveys" in Statistical Universe [Cornell community only or at a library that has access] at http://web.lexis-nexis.com/statuniv.