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There are several ways to access the AmericasBarometer data sets. You can purchase an annual subscription to the AmericasBarometer series, purchase any of the data sets LAPOP offers as a repository, or use our free online data analysis site. In addition, LAPOP provides free access to the data sets to individuals for their country of citizenship, for their individual use.
NOTE: The Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP) is now granting unrestricted world-wide access to the AmericasBarometer surveys (2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012). This means that users anywhere in the world will be able to download the SPSS and Stata country-based survey files without restriction, limitation or charge, so long as each user agrees to the terms of the current "click license." For more information, please visit: Free Access
What is the AmericasBarometer?
The AmericasBarometer is a consortium of universities and think-tanks dedicated to increasing the scholarly and public understanding of democratic values and behaviors in the Americas. The survey is the only one that covers the Americas, North, Central, South and the Caribbean. Each survey is a national probability sample of voting-age adults carried out in face-to-face interviews (except for the U.S. and Canada, where the national samples are web-based).
In 2004, the first round of AmericasBarometer surveys was conducted. Every two years, another round followed. Now, the AmericasBarometer series includes the following survey years: 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012.
Currently, there are 113 data sets in the AmericasBarometer series. And we are already in progress for the 2014 round.
In addition, specialized surveys covering specific countries or subpopulations have been carried out, which are available for purchase on an individual, repository basis. The complete list of data sets by country and year shows the complete AmericasBarometer series (all of which are included in the annual subscription) and the 53 archive files, which are only available for purchase as a repository, at the cost of $250 per data set.
These surveys have given rise to scores of studies and publications on various aspects of democratic values and behaviors in the Americas, a number of which can be read on-line at no cost on this web site. A key goal of the AmericasBarometer is to provide widespread access to this data to further encourage the research.
Also, you may be interested in these free access options:
- 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). All those who use the data must agree to adhere to these human subjects protection rules.
- 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 in both SPSS or STATA.
Replication requests should refer to the LAPOP websites where the data can be downloaded. Authors should provide syntax/code that allows for replication of their analyses. Authors are not permitted to transfer LAPOP-obtained data sets to third parties, even journals, as that would violate the terms of the "click license."