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1. Attitudes Towards Immigrants and Immigration Policy: Survey Amoung Latinos in the U.S. and Mexico (external link)
Abstract: e Pew Hispanic Center released findings from major new surveys conducted in the U.S. and Mexico on attitudes toward immigrants and immigration policy options. A survey of U.S. Latinos shows that views are not unanimous on unauthorized migrants and U.S. policy toward them. A separate survey in Mexico reveals the size of the Mexican population that is considering migration to the United States, including those inclined to come without legal status.
Category: Surveys, Data, Statistics

2. Broad Survey of Day Laborers Finds High Levels of Injuries and Pay Violations (internal link)
Abstract: This article reports on a 2006 study, the first and broadest of it's kind, that looked at the lives and economic situations of day laborers across the U.S.
Category: Surveys, Data, Statistics

3. Community Voices Heard - Student Guide (internal link)
Abstract: A semester-long unit about conducting and analyzing community surveys. Students learn about randomization, sampling, and different techniques for data analysis. Can be adapted for any grade, 6 - 12.
Category: Surveys, Statistics, Percents, Data, Graphing, Bar Graphs, Line Graphs, Margin of Error, Correlation, Scatterplots, Regression,

4. Community Voices Heard - Teacherss Guide (internal link)
Abstract: A semester-long unit about conducting and analyzing community surveys. Students learn about randomization, sampling, and different techniques for data analysis. Can be adapted for any grade, 6 - 12.
Category: Surveys, Statistics, Percents, Data, Graphing, Bar Graphs, Line Graphs, Margin of Error, Correlation, Scatterplots, Regression,

5. Comparing Minimum Wage Proposals (external link)
Abstract: Despite its importance and popularity, lawmakers have not made raising the minimum wage a priority and have let its purchasing power fall every year since 1997.
Category: Surveys

6. Day Labor in New York: Findings from the NYDL Survey (external link)
Abstract: This report examines data from the NY Day Laborer Syrvey. It asks and attempts to answer 6 questions: Who are day laborers? What are the earnings of Day Laborers? What do they do? Why do day labor? Who hires them? Are they abused?
Category: Surveys, Graphing, Data, Statistics

7. Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Homeless Youth (internal link)
Abstract: Through a comprehensive review of available academic research and professional literature, this report looks at why so many GLBT youth become and stay homeless, and looks at their experiences in the shelter system as well as critical problems affecting them including mental health issues, substance abuse and risky sexual behavior.
Category: Surveys, Graphing, Data, Statistics

8. Getting Ahead: A Survey of Low-Wage Workers (external link)
Abstract: This survey was designed to explore the opinions and experiences of low-wage workers regarding career advancement, opportunities for education and job training, and job search resources, with a focus on awareness of, interest in, and usage of public resources.
Category: Surveys

9. Health Disparities in New York City, 2004 (internal link)
Abstract: This comprehensive report on a 2004 city-wide survey provides data on health issues for New Yorkers including: life expectancy, cause of death, smoking, drugs and alcohol, health insurance, HIV/AIDS, diabetes, etc. The report also compares rates for different races, economic classes, and geographic areas within the city.
Category: Surveys, Graphing, Data, Statistics

10. Health Insurance Coverage in the US (external link)
Abstract: Overview of Health Insurance Coverage throughout the US based on Current Population Survey data. Includes both written highlights as well as simple charts & graphs.
Category: Surveys

11. HIV and AIDS Fact Sheet for African Americans (external link)
Abstract: A summary of the status of HIV and AIDS in Black and African-American communities as of Feb 2006
Category: Surveys, Data

12. How Class Works: An Interactive Exploration (external link)
Abstract: From the NY Times' "Class Matters" section, this interactive, multimedia website is divided into four very user-friendly topics: Components of Class, How Class Breaks Down, Income Mobility, and A Nationwide Poll.
Category: Graphing, Data, Statistics, Surveys

13. Lake Snell Perry & Associates - Polling (external link)
Abstract: This Polling Firm works closely with the Democratic Party and other social service organizations. They have a number of free reports on their website of polls and surveys they have done on a variety of important topics.
Category: Surveys, Polls

14. Making the Rent: Rent Burdens and Hardship Among Low income New Yorkers (external link)
Abstract: This report examins the changing rent burdens for low-income New Yorkers and their potential consequences. It contains written analysis as well as graphs, charts, and key-findings.
Category: Surveys, Graphing, Data, Statistics

15. Measured Opinions: Developing Public Opinion Polls to Report Views on Important Issues (internal link)
Abstract: In this lesson, students explore how opinion polls are created and conducted, focusing on the wording of questions and the methods of sampling a population.
Category: Surveys, Sampling

16. Missing Inaction: Evidence of Undercounting of Non-Workers in the Current Population Survey (external link)
Abstract: This study examines the potential for bias in the CPS measurement of employment. It highlights which groups have been undercounted, primarily women and people of color, and discusses the implications for missing a large segment of the unemployed population.
Category: Survey

17. New York States of Mind (internal link)
Abstract: An article summarizing the results of a poll of 1000 New Yorkers about NY-related issues ranging from housing, sports, city government, politics, September 11th, and more.
Category: Surveys, Polls

18. On The Corner: The First National Survey On Day Laborers in the U.S. (external link)
Abstract: This report highlights the findings in the first ever survey of day-laborers in the United States by surveying over 2,000 of the estimated 117,600 day-laborers in this country. It highlights the widespread abuses, economic struggles, and demographic information about this large but until recently ignored segment of our population.
Category: Surveys, Statistics, Percents

19. Opinions Please! Creating and Conducting Surveys to Gather Information about Students' Communities (internal link)
Abstract: In this lesson, students will consider the purpose of surveys and polls and learn how to create them effectively. After they examine a poll by The New York Times, they create, administer, and tally surveys of their own design.
Category: Surveys, Polls

20. Out of School, Out of Work… Out of Luck? NYC'S Disconnected Youth (external link)
Abstract: This report is about NY's "disconnected youth" - the city's 16 through 24-year-olds who are neither attending school nor participating in the labor force.
Category: Surveys, Data

21. Real World Math Projects (external link)
Abstract: An article from Rethinking Schools briefly highlighting 17 social-justice based math projects
Category: Surveys, randomization

22. Religion and Abortion Attitudes Among U.S. Hispanics: Findings from the 1990 Latino National Political Survey (internal link)
Abstract: Based on the 1990 Latino National Political Survey, this article looks at how different ethnic groups and religious groups with the Latino diaspora feel about abortion.
Category: Surveys

23. Risky Business: Investigating Connections Between Teens' Movie Viewing Restrictions and Their Use of Tobacco and Alcohol (internal link)
Abstract: In this lesson, students learn about a recent Dartmouth study that connected teenagers' movie viewing restrictions with their tobacco and alcohol usage. They then conduct their own research in tobacco and alcohol use among teenagers by devising surveys to be distributed and analyzed in their own school setting.
Category: Surveys, Polls

24. State of African American Business (2001) (external link)
Abstract: A short report from the Minority Business Development Agency on national data about African-American owned businesses from a national survey from 1997
Category: Surveys

25. Survey of Latino Attitudes on the War in Iraq (external link)
Abstract: Attitudes towards the war in Iraq are more negative among Latinos than in the general population, according to a Pew Hispanic Center survey conducted as President George W. Bush began his second term. A slight majority of Hispanics (51%) think U.S. troops should be withdrawn from Iraq as soon as possible. Significantly fewer (37%) say that the United States should keep military troops in Iraq until the situation has stabilized.
Category: Surveys, Data, Statistics

26. Surveys on Latino Experiences and Opinions (external link)
Abstract: The Pew Hispanic Center compiles data on Latinos in the US. This page contains several surveys about the experiences of Latinos in the US, focusing on issues such as their own immigration, economic conditions, social security, and immigration policy.
Category: Surveys, Data, Statistics

27. The Financial Returns to Low-Income Homeownership (external link)
Abstract: This paper presents focuses on two central questions: what are the most important reasons why so many low income households do not hold a checking or savings account? Second, to what extent do households with bank accounts also participate in the fringe financial sector, and in what ways are unbanked households connected to the mainstream financial sector?
Category: Surveys

28. The Reality Behind Debt In America: Findings from a National Household Survey of Credit Debt Among Low and Middle-Income America (external link)
Abstract: This survey of 1,150 individuals represent 41 million people in the U.S. It presents key findings about the debt in this country, including average size, length of time in debt, causes and consequences, and other information sorted by various demographic perameters.
Category: Surveys

29. The Unheard Third 2005: Bringing the Voices of Low-Income New Yorkers to the Policy Debate (external link)
Abstract: A great series of graphs and data highlights from a survey of low-income New Yorkers about what their lives are like.
Category: Surveys, Graphing, Data, Statistics

30. The Use of Citizen Surveys as a Tool For Police Reform (external link)
Abstract: Citizen surveys, long used by researchers to test hypotheses about police-citizen interactions, have recently be deployed as a tool for promoting police reform. This paper examines the citizen survey's potential role in creating more accountable and effective police forces, drawing on examples from Chicago, Illinois; Queens, New York; and St. Petersburg, Russia.
Category: Surveys

31. To Bank or Not To Bank? A Survey of Low-Income Households (external link)
Abstract: This paper looks at low-income homeownership compared to renting since 1983 in four metropolitan areas under a range of mortgage interest rate, refinance, and tax scenarios.
Category: Surveys

32. Uninsured Americans with Chronic Health Conditions: Key Findings from the National Health Interview Survey (external link)
Abstract: This study examines how uninsured adults with chronic health problems are faring. The analysis is based on the 2003 National Health Interview Survey, relying on self-reports of chronic health conditions. Almost half of uninsured adults with chronic conditions forgo needed medical care or prescription drugs due to cost and that they forgo care at much higher rates than their insured counterparts. Serious identifiable gaps in needed medical care were found for every racial, ethnic, and chronic illness subgroup examined.
Category: Surveys

33. Working to Make Ends Meet: Understanding the Income and Expenses of America's Low-Income Families (external link)
Abstract: This report clarifies the discussion and debate over what constitutes a low-income working family, documents the size and characteristics of low-income working population, and examines their incomes and expenditures. Using data from the 2002 round of the National Survey of America's Families (NSAF), we find that low-income families (income below twice the federal poverty line) with at least one full-time, full-year worker have incomes that are roughly in line with their basic expenses thanks to their work effort, earned income, and a generous refundable Earned Income Tax Credit; however, low-income families without a full-time, full-year worker do not appear to have enough income to cover their basic expenses.
Category: Surveys, Data

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