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Gallup Respondent Level Data

A guide to the Gallup datasets that NYU Data Services provides.

World Poll

How to Request Access to Gallup World Poll

In order to access respondent-level data for Gallup World Poll, you first need to be a current NYU faculty, student, or staff member. We recommend that you read the Gallup World Poll Methodology but also read through the World Poll Codebook. The codebook gives you an overview of all variables present, and you can discover what you need by doing some Ctrl+F searching in the PDF document. Your data extract request should be informed by a research question that has some logical boundaries.

To help the Data Services team access the subset of data that you need, all you have to do from here is get back to us with a list of variables from the data you would like. This list should (ideally) encompass theme, place, and timespan. For example, if your research question is about perception of gender equity in European Union countries, your request list might look something like this:

  • D7 – What is your gender?
  • D6 – What is your race?
  • UCLA3A – Do you describe yourself as male, female, or transgender?
  • WP1223 – What is your marital status?
  • WP1146 – “…women should hold leadership…”
  • WP646 – “…women should have same rights as men…”
  • Countries – (e.g., France, Germany, Italy, Spain)
  • Dates (e.g., 2008-2012)

This list is meant to be a sample; your request will likely contain many more variables. Once we have the list of variables you need, we will compile a data extract and deliver it to you.

Additional Notes: Indicators like gender or educational attainment, which may be useful for your analysis but not directly related to your question, exist as their own question QTAGs (variables), so you may want to request the inclusion of these for more robust analysis. Also note that the data includes methodological variables that may be useful for analysis (e.g., D9 “How many adults are in your household,”) may be useful as well, and you should request these. Also note that the phraseology of the questions changes slightly from year to year, and if you are interested in creating time series analyses, you may need to request variables that are related conceptually but are distinct in the layout of this data.

Note also that the PDF we have created is meant to be an introduction to the data. There are many more questions in the World Poll survey, and these can also be discovered by creating an account with Gallup’s World Poll Reference Tool. The Reference Tool is not the source of the data itself but instead a search mechanism to discover which questions were asked in specific countries during specific years. You can use this tool to locate variables you’d like to extract. Refer to the World Poll Reference Tool Guidebook for instructions on creating an account and performing searches.

There are several ways you can discover which questions or data is available. You can search by place (country), year, and theme or topic. Say you are interested in researching the concept of happiness in the world. You can enter a keyword search for “happiness”:gallup-world-poll-reference-toolIt helps to enter keywords that are liable to be included in the text of a question itself. Once you discover relevant question(s), you can expand the interface and see the specific QTAG, study completion dates, and countries covered. For the sake of ease, you can even export information on question coverage into a .CSV.