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Keyword Search
Type in a single KEYWORD or several KEYWORDS with Boolean expressions (and - or - not).
       
Example Searches:
Keyword Search Results
environment This search will return all questions that contain the word environment.
jury duty This search will return questions with the entire phrase "jury duty" but not either word alone. Both words have to be together and in order to be picked up.
budget and 2000 This search will return only the questions that have the word budget and the number 2000 in the question text.
budget or 1973 This search will return all questions with the word budget in them, and all questions with the number 1973 in them. Questions only have to have one of the terms to be picked up.
budget not 1973 This search will return all questions that have the word budget in them, as long as they do NOT also have the number 1973 in them.
poli* This search will return all questions that include a word beginning in "poli", including "politics", "policy" and "political".
       
Poll number search

You can search for a particular poll by number: typing "103" will retrieve all the questions from poll 103.


Browsing

By subject:

From the Browse page, choose the "Subject" link on the left. You will be presented with an alphabetical list of subjects; choose a letter from the alphabet at the top to jump down to that part of the list, or scroll manually to browse in alphabetical order. The "up" arrows at the end of each section will return you to the top of the page.


By poll date or number:

From the Browse page, choose the "Poll date" link on the left. You will be presented with a pull-down menu of the polls to choose from; both the numbers and the dates are listed. Use the elevator bar or the arrow buttons on the right side of the menu box to scroll through the list, or click on a poll and then use the keyboard arrow keys to scroll. When you have highlighted the poll you want, press the "Browse" button below the box to retrieve the poll you want.


Question Text:

When viewing questions on the "Browse Results" page, use the mouse-over feature in Firefox or IE to view the complete question text.


Crosstables:

Crosstables are a way of comparing two variables in a poll. For example, you may want to see how New Jerseyans in different age groups answered the same question. Click on the Crosstable link (left bar) on the "detailed record" page. You will be presented with a table listing all the other questions in the survey. Most users will want to "cross" a question with demographic information from the poll. Each data set includes six standard demographic variables that have been grouped for the users convenience. These include gender, age, education, race, income, and region. These variables are usually located at the bottom of the table and start with a "q" (e.g. qgender). Select a variable from the table and then press the submit button at the bottom of the page to see the results.


Downloading files:

After you have completed a search or browse function, you will see a list of questions that can be selected to generate frequency or cross-tab tables. On the sidebar, there are two functions labeled "View Questionnaire" and "Download Data File". Selecting "View Questionnaire" will launch Adobe Acrobat Reader and allow you to view the complete survey questionnaire. Using the "File" menu in your browser, you can either print the questionnaire or download the pdf file to your local computer.
To download the numeric data by clicking on "Statistical Data - #" will open a File Download box and allow you to download the complete SPSS numeric data file in .por (portable) format. This format can be read directly by SPSS or SAS software that is installed on a local workstation.