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Sociology: Social Problems: Statistics

Consumer Expenditures

You can find data on consumer spending here:

Religious Affiliation/Identification

Poltical Data

Wisconsin Public Polls

Wisconsin Policy Research Institute polls

From their site: "The Wisconsin Policy Research Institute Inc., established in 1987, is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit Institute working to engage and energize Wisconsinites and others in discussions and timely action on key public policy issues critical to the State’s future, its growth and prosperity."


Public Opinion Polls

The Roper Center archives datasets from thousands of surveys with national adult, state, foreign, and special subpopulation samples.

Harris Polls, conducted both by telephone and online, measure, and trend, the knowledge, opinions, behaviors and motivation of the general public.

Web Resources

How to Decode Census Info

Things to Remember

General things to remember about the U.S. Census:

Decennial census – this census is taken every 10 years

American Community Survey – this census is constantly being updated; uses smaller samples; the data is dervived or statistically produced. ACS data excludes people living in institutions, college dormitories, and other group quarters

"Hispanic" is not considered a racial category in any census materials. People who identify their origin as Spanish, Hispanic, or Latino may be of any race

The U.S. Census Bureau does not collect data on religious or political affiliation