With methodological care and acumen, we conduct nonpartisan national and local surveys to take the pulse of Americans. Explore all of our survey findings and related commentary below.


What do Americans think about key gun policies?

This survey provides new information about the public’s opinions about gun policies and behaviors among those who own guns (or live with those who do). A strong majority of Americans—including 2 out of 3 gun owners—express support for "red flag" laws.

How often do Americans spend free time in nature?

Two-thirds of American adults said they spend free time in nature at least once or twice a month, including nearly half of all adults who say they do so at least once a week. But 1 in 6 American adults reports “never” spending free time in nature.

Changing racial narratives in media

Survey respondents were asked questions about their perceptions of portrayals of various racial groups in the Minnesota media, the influence their work has on public perceptions of race, and their exposure to training about racial narratives.


What do Americans think about water use and pollution?

In collaboration with our partners at The Water Main, we conducted a survey to measure Americans’ knowledge about water use and pollution throughout different sectors of the industrial economy.

Should public higher ed be free?

In collaboration with APM Reports’ Educate team and The Hechinger Report, we conducted a survey to see what Americans believe about the value of college degree—relative to its cost—and whether they felt that public higher education should be free.

What do Americans think about government aid for colleges and universities?

Along with APM Reports’ Educate team and The Hechinger Report, we conducted a survey about government funding and aid for public colleges and universities. Broadly speaking, Americans do not fully appreciate the sweeping changes that occurred in the higher education landscape in the past decade.


National Survey of Super Bowl Impressions 2019

On February 3, 2019, the New England Patriots triumphed over the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII. The APM Research Lab sought to learn whether host city Atlanta, Georgia, also “won”—by leaving a positive impression on Americans during its time in the national media spotlight.

MPR News | Star Tribune Minnesota Poll, September 2018

The MPR News | Star Tribune Minnesota Poll interviewed 800 Minnesotans identified as likely voters, to understand their views on high-level races and political issues in the news. The poll was conducted during September 10-12, 2018.

Poll Watch: Minnesota 2019

One of Minnesota’s U.S. Senators, Democrat Amy Klobuchar, is running for president, and Minnesotans continue to express strong opinions regarding President Trump. Continuing a collaboration begun with MPR News in 2018, this page serves as point of reference for reputable polling of Minnesotans in key races.


Poll Watch: Minnesota 2018

Minnesota was a bellwether in the 2018 midterm elections. See what various political polls—rounded up from numerous reputable sources—said about the races for governor, attorney general, U.S. Senate, and Minnesota’s Congressional races during the countdown to election day, and how close they were to election outcomes.

How Americans Relate to Water: A Qualitative Study for The Water Main

What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think about the role of water in your life? This is one of the questions respondents answered in the qualitative study “How Americans Relate to Water.”

MPR News | Star Tribune Minnesota Poll, October 2018

The MPR News | Star Tribune Minnesota Poll interviewed 800 Minnesotans identified as likely voters, to understand their views on high-level races and political issues in the news.


Labor unions and "right-to-work"

The U.S. Supreme Court’s June 2018 ruling in Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) case—which struck down mandated fees from those covered by employment contracts in public unions—has wide-ranging implications for the future of organized labor.

Polling season ahead: What you need to know

Now that we are several states into the primaries, with the mid-term elections nearly upon us, there couldn’t be a better time to review some fundamentals about political polling.

2017 Ground Level Survey of Minnesotans

We asked a representative sample of more than 1,650 Minnesotans—from the Twin Cities and throughout Greater Minnesota and major regional centers—what they think about everything from their own personal finances to the future of our state.


2018 National Survey of Super Bowl Impressions

We conducted the National Survey of Super Bowl Impressions to assess whether Americans knew that Minneapolis was the host city, and whether media coverage of the event changed their impressions of Minneapolis as a desirable place to visit.

Who has a permit to carry a gun in public? And what are they thinking?

Little is known about the characteristics of those who legally carry handguns in public and how their opinions might vary from (or be similar to) those who do not. A recent report and our Ground Level Survey shed some light on both.

Male, Female, or Something Else?

Caitlyn Jenner. Bathroom bans and related boycotts. Amazon Prime’s Golden Globe winning Transparent series. President Trump’s (now overturned) order excluding transgendered individuals from the military. Questioning the traditional male-female gender binary is now part of our national dialogue.

Minnesotans: United on water, divided on immigration

If Minnesota competed in a pageant, it might take the “Optimism” crown—if that were even a thing. The Ground Level Survey that we recently completed with Minnesota Public Radio News found that 82 percent of Minnesotans feel hopeful about the state’s future.

Just over half of Minnesotans report personal financial progress over the decade

When we designed the Ground Level Survey, we were especially curious about Minnesotans’ sense of their financial circumstances and whether they felt they had improved or deteriorated since 2007—just preceding the financial crisis and subsequent recession with its long tail.

Do more Minnesotans want lower taxes, or services that require taxes?

“I don’t know off the top of my head. Lowering taxes.” That was one response to the broadest open-ended question on the recent MPR News | APM Research Lab Ground Level Survey.