UConn’s Roper Center for Public Opinion Research has cemented a partnership with the largest repository of poll and survey data in Latin America. Mark Abrahamson, the director of the Roper Center, and the head of Mexico’s Centro de Investigacion y Docencia Economicas (CIDE), signed the agreement in Mexico City on May 8.
CIDE is the official repository of all the Mexican government’s polling data, as well as an elite graduate school in social science.
Under the agreement, the Roper Center will archive CIDE data, jointly acquire more data from throughout Latin America, and prepare a joint catalog of all the survey data for Mexico and Latin America held in either CIDE or the Roper Center.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for us,” says Abrahamson.
“Roper is already the largest holder of public opinion data in the U.S., and this agreement will greatly expand our holdings from Mexico and Latin America. Eventually, we want to be the archive with the largest collection of international surveys as well as those conducted in the U.S.”
The Roper Center’s archives of public opinion polling data go back to the 1940s.
The Center recently fulfilled several agreements with the major conductors of surveys to provide special online access to data on shared web pages.
The data include diverse surveys focusing on everything from presidential approval ratings to attitudes toward health care.
These agreements include CBS News and all projects of the Pew Research Center.
The web pages also bring thousands of visitors to the UConn home page.
The Roper Center’s Latin American faculty advisory board includes 10 faculty from departments across the University. Their research focuses on topics including migration, democratization, and other developments in and related to Latin America.
“As Roper expands its Latin American database, these faculty, among others, will be the beneficiaries,” says Abrahamson.
“Our highest priority is always to add new collections that will benefit the research interests of UConn faculty.”