Student survey: Respondent-level data available for research

February 15, 2019

Last month we released our third survey report on college student attitudes toward expression, free association, and civil rights and liberties. In addition to making the tabulations and toplines from the survey available, we are excited to release the respondent-level data from the survey, as well.

This data is well-suited for use by scholars of public opinion and other researchers. After downloading, users will be able to access the data, formatted for both STATA and Excel, as well as a detailed codebook with information on how to cite the dataset and use the weights for statistical analyses.

A variety of interesting demographic variables are included in the dataset, including gender, sexual orientation, state of residence, voter registration status, partisanship, and ideology.

Information about the geographic dispersion of our sample

The data from the third survey includes responses from students from 49 states and the District of Columbia. No students from Wyoming completed this survey. The student respondents are geographically distributed, by census region, as follows: 441 respondents are from the Northeast, 467 respondents are from the Midwest, 756 respondents are from the South, and 561 respondents are from the West.

We are not releasing the names of the colleges or universities attended by the respondents. However, as in our last two surveys of college students, our respondents attend a wide variety of schools. The data includes students from community colleges, public and private universities, Ivy League institutions, and some students in online programs.

More specifically, 1,754 students surveyed attend a public school, 410 respondents attend a private school, and 61 respondents told us they don’t know what type of school they attend. Of the students who attend private schools, 174 attend a religious institution.

More data available for study

For those who are interested in learning even more about student attitudes toward expression, due process, and association, the respondent-level data from our previous reports are also available for download.