Gallup Micro-Level Polling Data

Dataset Details

Data Summary

The Gallup World Poll measures factors such as well-being, employment, law and order, food and shelter, migration, personal health, financial issues, civic engagement, and communications as they pertain to world development indicators. These data can then be used by leaders in understanding national interests and concerns and to develop relationships between the indexes created and lagging economic outcomes. The poll is usually administered to 1,000 randomly selected individuals ages 15 and older in 160 counties worldwide once per year. Sometimes it is conducted on a semiannual or biennial basis, depending on the country. The poll consists of a set of core questions as well supplemental questions that are asked in some regions. It is administered via a one-hour face-to-face interview or a half-hour phone interview.

The UWDC allows access to respondent-level data from the World Poll collected between 2006 and 2017, as well as, micro-level US Tracker data from 2008 to 2017. Accessing the codebook and questionnaires requires free registration with the World Poll Reference Tool; see the Documentation link for further information.

In addition, all UW users can access an online database (the Gallup Analytics Portal) of aggregate-level data from Gallup’s major polls across the globe, that permits breakdowns by demographics and certain geographic identifiers. These data are available starting in 2006 (2008 for the US Tracker) and are continually updated with the most recent data releases. User-produced tables can be exported to Excel, but the license agreement strictly prohibits creating a separate searchable database outside of the portal. Users accessing the portal accept to use the data strictly for research purposes. The aggregate level portal can be accessed at

Temporal Extent

Cross-sectional, Monthly or Annually from 2006 to 2018

Geographic Extent

Global and US

Unit of Analysis


Topical Tags

  • Economics
  • Politics

Institutional Partners

Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation