Public Policy Mood, (Preliminary) Annual,  1952-2020, also biennial (1952-2020), and Quarterly (1958-2020). Why preliminary? Data from the 2020 General Social Survey will not be available until late summer, 2021 (due to Covid induced delays). A final, official, version of the series will be estimated when the GSS data are in hand.

November 10,2021 Update: Release 1 of the 2020/2021 GSS is now available. But it is still not possible to estimate mood without dangerous assumptions because the data release includes cases interviewed in 2020 and (more) in 2021 which cannot be separated because the interview date variable (DATEINTV) is set to missing in all cases in release 1. My casual perusal of the data suggests that 2020/2021 will show a moderate conservative movement from the 2018 high point of liberal sentiment. I await subsequent releases.

Link to Policy Specific Moods (62 estimated series and a capability to estimate a novel series with user-selected items) Policy Agendas Website

Macropartisanship, Quarterly 1952-2017:4. Suggested citation: Extended from Michael B. MacKuen, Robert S. Erikson, and James A. Stimson, The Macro Polity, New York, Cambridge University Press, 2002.

MacroIdeology, Annual, 1937-2012. Suggest citation: Extended from Christopher Ellis and James A. Stimson, Ideology in America, New York, Cambridge University Press, 2012.

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