Fifty Years Since Stonewall: The Change in Public Opinion

Roper Center published an Issue Brief using data in its public opinion polls to illustrate the changes in public opinions around LGBTQ issues. In 50 years public opinions have reflected the transformation in social awareness and understanding of LGBTQ people and their experiences.

https://tinyurl.com/y4gjrkzt

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IPUMS International Released New Data

16 new census datasets and 64 labor force surveys were recently released from IPUMS International. The census data for Guatemala, Laos, Russia, and Togo represent entirely new countries. 56 new labor force surveys from Spain and 8 from Italy were added to IPUMS for the first time. Higher-density samples are being also released for all 6 Brazil censuses.

https://international.ipums.org/international/news.shtml#new_data_aug_2019

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New Data Added to IPUMS PMA

IPUMS PMA harmonizes the Performance Monitoring for Action (PMA) data series (formerly known as Performance Monitoring and Accountability 2020 – PMA2020). It provides an interactive web dissemination system for PMA data with variable documentation on thousands of harmonized variables on family planning, water and sanitation, and health. New data from Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of Congo, India, Kenya, Ghana, Niger, Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, and Uganda were added.

https://pma.ipums.org/pma/about.shtml

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Preliminary Data on Crime, Violence, Discipline, and Safety in U.S. Public Schools

The National Center for Education Statistics has released preliminary statistics from the School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS). There are an estimated 962,300 violent incidents and 476,100 nonviolent incidents in U.S. public schools during the 2017–18 school year. Started in 1999-2000 school year, SSOCS is a national survey of approximately 3,500 principals in U.S. public elementary, middle, and high schools. It is the primary source of school-level data on crime and safety for the U.S.

https://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2019061

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Americans’ Online News Habits in Twenty Years

Pew Research Center has been asking Americans about their online news habits since the mid-1990s. It found that the approximately six-in-ten U.S. adults (58%) often get news on a mobile device. In addition, social media sites have now surpassed print newspapers as a news source for Americans. This recent post shares two common challenges that Pew research team has faced in measuring online news use over more than two decades: identifying the many different ways that Americans get news online and understanding what survey respondents mean when they tell us about their online news habits.

https://tinyurl.com/y28w6pb5

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2019 KIDS COUNT Data Book — June 19, 2019

The Anne E. Casey Foundation has released the 30th edition of the KIDS COUNT Data Book. The Data Book provides a look at the well-being of children across four broad domains: health, education, economic well-being, and family and community. For more information about the Data Book, go to:

https://www.aecf.org/resources/2019-kids-count-data-book/

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Updates from Federal Statistical Agencies

2017 Census of Agriculture State and County Profiles are now available from USDA’s  Online Resources,
https://www.nass.usda.gov/Publications/AgCensus/2017/Online_Resources/County_Profiles/index.php. The National Center for Education Statistics released 2019 Condition of Education, https://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2019144. Prototype statistics for gross domestic product (GDP) by county for 2012-2015 can be found at this the Bureau of Economic Analysis’ website, https://www.bea.gov/data/gdp/gdp-county. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) published an analysis of the new job openings and labor turnover data by size of firm from its Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS). To learn more about this report, check out this Monthly Labor Review, https://www.bls.gov/opub/mlr/2019/article/an-analysis-of-the-new-job-openings-and-labor-turnover-data-by-size-of-firm.htm. Starting in June 2019, American FactFinder will have no new data releases, as it is migrating to https://data.census.gov. This new platform will be the primary way to access data from the 2018 American Community Survey, 2017 Economic Census, 2020 Census, and more.

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High School Seniors’ Co-Residential Union Expectations

The National Center for Family & Marriage Research (NCFMR) at the Bowling Green State University just published three profiles exploring high school seniors’ attitudes toward and expectations regarding cohabitation and marriage. According to their research, the share of high school seniors who expect to marry at some point in the future has remained constant over the past four decades, but the share of adults who do marry has decreased significantly.

https://www.bgsu.edu/ncfmr/resources/data/family-profiles.html

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Post-secondary employment outcomes (PSEO) Beta

The Post-Secondary Employment Outcomes (PSEO) is a new project within the U.S. Census Bureau’s Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD) program. It provides participating colleges and universities with aggregate median earnings data for graduates 1, 5 and 10 years post graduation. These statistics are generated by matching university transcript data with a national database of jobs, using state-of-the-art confidentiality protection mechanisms to protect the underlying data. Public-use PSEO data in CSV format are currently available for Texas, Colorado, Michigan, and Wisconsin. PSEO visualization tool, https://lehd.ces.census.gov/data/pseo_beta_viz.html allows for comparisons of employment outcomes.

https://lehd.ces.census.gov/data/pseo_beta.html

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News from Roper Center

Polls conducted by Monmouth University Polling Institute in 2000s and 2010s are now available from the Roper Center. Check out the collection of Monmouth questions in Roper iPoll at this link, https://tinyurl.com/y28hm978. The Roper Center recently received 825 datasets from the University of Hong Kong’s Public Opinion Programme. This collection represents the views of over 698,000 respondents from over 583 questions, with many repeated trend items from 2007-2018. A selection of Institut für Demoskopie Allensbach surveys were converted from column binary format to SPSS, Stata, ASCII, and CSV by the Roper Center. These surveys measured the opinions of national adults in Germany between February 1950 and August 1952.

The Roper Center has expanded its acquisitions policy to include recently developed survey methods, including online non-probability samples. The Roper Center Transparency Project aimed at increasing disclosure and data sharing in the field of public opinion polling was introduced recently.

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