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We are pleased to make available beginning December 1, 2012, the full data set series for the AmericasBarometer 2012.  This round has the broadest coverage to date of the AmericasBarometer, including 26 countries and over 41,000 interviews.  All of the data are available for purchase in SPSS and STATA along with the questionnaires for each country (the core module is standard for all countries, but in each country country-specific items were asked).

This round includes a special series of items on discrimination, as well as new or expanded items covering the role of the military, international image, attitudes toward China, the role of the state, and a more refined measurement of religious affiliation and adherence. In most countries the sample size was again 1,500, but in Bolivia it was 3,000.

If your institution is interested in adding to its repository of AmericasBarometer data, please contact Rubi Arana  or fill out the Repository Agreement Request. The pricing remains the same as previous years - $250 per data set for SPSS and STATA files, and $300 per data set if you would also like ASCII files. The total cost for all 26 countries would be $6,500 or $7,800, respectively.

Permanent Ownership

Also known as becoming a Data Repository. We offer a permanent ownership option where you or your institution can become a data repository for the data sets you desire, chosen from the complete list of available data sets, including those prior to 2004. For those who wish access to data prior to 2004, the only option is to purchase the data as a repository. Please note that although your ownership is permanent, you may not distribute the data sets to third parties (who need to obtain their own access).

We encourage the use of the LAPOP/AmericasBarometer archive of survey data by researchers world-wide. Data Repository Agreements allow institutions and researchers to acquire as many data sets as they want for a one-time fee. The Repository Agreement states that the repository institution and/or researcher agrees in writing to follow U.S. Federal human subjects protection rules (IRB rules).

Institutions or individuals interested in becoming a LAPOP/ AmericasBarometer Data Repository, please complete the Repository Agreement Request and email it to Rubí Arana. The cost per country/year is $250 for the data set in SPSS and STATA formats plus the questionnaire, or $300 if you also want ASCII files.

All of our institutional data repositories are listed on our site on the Current Repositories screen.

Which Agreement to Choose: Individual vs. Institutional Data Repositories

If you are the only person accessing the data:
Will you be purchasing the data from personal funds or from institutional funds?

If you will have more than one person accessing the data, you will want to set up your agreement as an institutional data repository. We recommend that institutional licenses be purchased by institutional funds. The Repository Agreement will need to be signed by an authorized agent from the institution.

Own and Subscribe

You or your institution can choose to both subscribe to the AmericasBarometer series (2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012) and become a data repository for any number of the data sets. Some people find this helpful if they subscribe to the 2004 - 2012, and purchase those they are interested in from prior to 2004 (also called backfiles or archives).

Should you prefer this alternative, please complete the forms and attached agreements in both of the following links:

Please Note

  1. The use of these data files is subject to U.S. Federal regulatory mandates pertaining to research involving the protection of human subjects. Complete (de-identified) survey data files (in SPSS and STATA formats) are available from The Department of Political Science at Vanderbilt University and must be requested in writing.
  2. The AmericasBarometer weighting scheme (en Español) applies to each year of the AmericasBarometer data. Users of the LAPOP data sets should carefully read the corresponding reports and/or articles for details of the sample designs of these surveys. Some of the samples are weighted, others are not. To obtain correct results, for weighted data sets, the appropriate weight variable, normally called WT, must be applied.