​The AP-NORC Center Update

​Welcome to the latest edition of The AP-NORC Center Update.

Our Latest Reports 

Space Exploration: Attitudes toward the U.S. Space Program

In a recent AP-NORC survey ahead of the 50th anniversary of the U.S. moon landing, 60% say the space program has provided enough benefit to the country to justify its cost, while 38% do not consider the country's expenditures on the space program warranted. Most Americans say it is important for the space program to monitor objects including asteroids, comets, and other objects that could impact the Earth, as well as conduct scientific research.  Read more

Attitudes toward Clergy and Religious Leadership


The AP-NORC Center survey explores Americans’ views on clergy and religious leaders, their role in U.S. society today, and the influence they have on individuals’ day-to-day lives. The results reveal a public with middling feelings toward religious leaders: 55% of adults say religious leaders have a positive impact on society, and 34% describe them as extremely or very trustworthy. Forty-seven percent would welcome the influence of clergy in their life. Read more.

Campaign 2020:  Foreign Interference and Voter Interest

Sixty-three percent of Americans express a great deal of concern about at least one form of foreign interference into the 2020 U.S. presidential election, whether it's tampering with election results, influencing candidates or voters, or stealing information. In the AP-NORC survey, 52% are very worried about the vulnerability of the election system to hacking in general. Read more

The AP-NORC survey found only 22% of registered voters who identify as a Democrat or lean Democratic know a lot about where the Democratic candidates stand on the issues ahead of the first debate. A large number of Democratic voters say they are interested in the 2020 presidential election, but only 35% say they're paying much attention so far.  Read more

In the survey, 32% of registered voters said they would be less excited about supporting a presidential candidate who was gay, lesbian or bisexual; 42% said that about a transgender candidate. By contrast, only about 1 in 10 voters expressed such hesitance in regard to a candidate’s gender or race. Read more 

Trump, the Economy, and Personal Finances 


Sixty-three percent of Americans describe the national economy as good, up from 53% in an AP-NORC Center survey conducted in January during the 35-day federal government shutdown. Fewer are giving the president credit for the economy. Forty-seven percent approve of Donald Trump’s handling of the economy in the latest AP-NORC survey and 51% disapprove, not significantly different from January, when 44% approved and 55% disapproved.  Read more

Most Americans say their financial situation is good, but fewer expect things to improve over the next year. In the AP-NORC survey, most say their income has kept up with their expenses, but 25% say it has fallen behind. While there has been some improvement in the public’s assessment of their financial circumstances since the beginning of the year, there are still some signs of financial insecurity. Read more

From Our Journalism Fellow

Age Diversity in the Workplace


The 2019 Working Longer Research and Journalism program, conducted with funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, offers new insights on the public's view on age in the workplace and provides an overview of the changing nature of work and retirement in the United States.

Andy.pngAndrew Soergel started in September 2018 as the fourth recipient of the Center's Fellowship on the Economics of Aging and Work. Andy is a senior reporter at U.S. News & World Report, covering business and economic trends at the local, national and international levels. Andy is writing in-depth stories on issues linked to the economics of the aging workforce in the United States that run on the media platforms of The AP. He has also participated in original AP-NORC Center projects related to aging and work.

Andy's recent articles include: 

  • Older Americans more likely to cite workplace discrimination

Are older workers being discriminated against on the job? The answer appears to depend on the age of the person asked. About half of Americans think there's age discrimination in the workplace, according to a poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Read more

  • Poll: Some Younger Workers Not Happy With Graying Workforce

A rising share of older Americans is forgoing the concept of a traditional retirement at the age of 65, a trend that some younger workers aren't particularly thrilled to see. A recent poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that workers under the age of 50 were significantly more likely to view America's aging workforce as a negative development when compared with their older counterparts. Read more

  • Seniors more likely to work longer in big metropolitan areas

Seniors in major metropolitan areas, especially in the Northeast and around Washington, D.C., are more likely to continue working past age 65 than those in other areas around the country, according to an analysis of Census data by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Read more 

  • Poll: 1 in 4 don't plan to retire despite realities of aging 

Nearly one-quarter of Americans say they never plan to retire, according to a poll that suggests a disconnection between individuals’ retirement plans and the realities of aging in the workforce. Experts say illness, injury, layoffs and caregiving responsibilities often force older workers to leave their jobs sooner than they’d like. Read more 

Data from the 2018 AP VoteCast is Now Available 


As part of a commitment to transparency by The AP and NORC, the 2018 AP VoteCast data can be downloaded from several sites. 

The data set is available at The AP-NORC Center for Public Opinion ResearchRoper Center for Public Opinion ResearchInter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research, and AP's

A detailed report assessing the success of AP VoteCast's debut in the 2018 U.S. midterm elections is available and provides information about its sampling, methodology, and key results. The files for public use contain the data in a variety of formats; a codebook with a list of variables, methodology, and national frequencies; and the full AP VoteCast survey questionnaire.

Last month, editors from The Associated Press and researchers from NORC offered presentations on the survey at the annual conference of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) in Toronto. The presentations at the AAPOR conference, which were livestreamed, included a panel moderated by Trevor Tompson, director of The AP-NORC Center, that focused on the methodology, impact, and findings of VoteCast. Other panels offered presentations on the demographics and attitudes of the 2018 electorate, and details about the survey's modeling.  

Seen and Heard

Morning Joe, July 2: A segment on the MSNBC program discussed the AP-NORC survey on President Trump's handling of the economy. 

New York Times, June 16: An article about President Trump's plans to issue a new health care plan referred to results from the AP-NORC April survey. 

Medium, June 4: A piece discussing millennial news usage featured an AP-NORC API survey on millennial news consumption and spending habits

Washington Monthly, June 5: Findings from an MTV/AP-NORC poll of young people released in March 2018 were cited in the article, "Republicans are Fueling a Generation of Democrats." 

Associated Press, June 7: Findings from a June 2018 poll on DNA testing and confidentiality were featured in a piece, "Police use of DNA leads to backlash, changes to big database."

Buzzfeed, May 15: The August 2018 survey on ICE and border enforcement was cited in the article, "'Abolish ICE' Was The Call Of Last Summer. 2020 Democrats Have Moved On."

New Faces of The AP-NORC Center

William Bonnell


William Bonnell began his career at The AP-NORC Center in July 2018 as a research assistant. He graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in international relations. Will is interested in data science and visualization; he attends and presents at R conferences. He was a member of his college motorsports club and really enjoys working on and driving cars, having helped build and race baja race cars. Will is willing to tear apart a coworker’s Camry if someone in Chicago lends him a garage. In addition, he is a big fan of watching and playing pool, tennis, and squash, and almost exclusively listens to hip hop music. You can follow Will on Twitter at @_willdebras.

Recently Released Data Sets

After about six months or so, The AP-NORC Center makes its data sets available to the public. Once released, data sets are available on the individual survey's project page.

Surveys with recently released data sets are:

The data and documentation are also donated to the polling archive at the Roper Center for Public Opinion at Cornell University.