Gallup US Tracking Poll

The Gallup US Tracking Poll (formerly US Daily Tracking Poll/US Dailies) microdata covers polls conducted from 2008-2017, aiming to sample 1,000 respondents per day throughout the year, and 2018-2019, with a similar sample on a weekly and monthly basis. The microdata provides year, month, date, and day of the week variables; geographic variables include region, state, metropolitan area, congressional district, and ZIP code. Weighting variables are provided to produce nationwide estimates from the sample data. You can learn more about how Gallup Daily Tracking works

From 2008 through 2017, the Gallup US Tracking Poll had two survey components: Politics & Economics (PE) and Well Being (BE) with similar methodologies. For each of these years, microdata is presented in one file per survey year. The typical annual US Tracking Poll microdata dataset contains more than 350,000 records - 1,000 records per day - with up to 200 variables. 

At the beginning of 2018, the Well Being (WB) component was renamed to National Health and Well-Being Index. The Well-Being component also changed to a monthly mail questionnaire. The Politics & Economics (PE) component, also known as US Tracker, changed to a weekly telephone survey. In effect, the US Tracking Poll's two components have been split and the microdata are presented in two files per survey year. The 2018 PE survey has 92 variables and approximately 1,500 records per week; the 2018 WB survey has 144 variables and approximately 10,000 records per month. The Well-Being component ceased with the August 2019 data collection period. 

Data is updated quarterly. The US Well Being survey track for 2019 only includes data from January-August 2019 and has now been discontinued until a new sponsor is identified.  In 2019, the US Political and Economic survey track ended and was incorporated into the GPSS. 

It is helpful to search Gallup Analytics for questions asked in the US Daily Tracker poll.  You can search by keyword or browse questions by nested topics such as Religion & Ethics, Quality of Life, Health, Well-being, Government & Politics.  Available geographies are the United States, individual states and MSAs. 

Please note: The methodology for the Gallup US Tracker has changed over time, please see the documentation for details. 

You can also view the QTAGs and Labels in the Gallup US Daily Tracker Methodology (May 2017), although you will not be able to see the years asked.  It is helpful to review the Methodology document to discover general indicators, such as age and gender. 

Please be aware, the variable names change year to year.  Even a simple variable representing age has a different variable name over the course of the years available.  The official Gallup methods documents do not reflect the fact that some variable names change over time.

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