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Become a Repository


We are pleased to make available, as of September 25, 2017, the data set series for the AmericasBarometer 2016/17.  This round is the largest and most sophisticated survey of the Americas to date. It will ultimately include 29 countries and over 43,000 interviews, the majority of which were collected using sophisticated computer software that adds yet another layer to LAPOP’s meticulous quality control efforts.  

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 state capacity and crime and violence, as well as content focuses on themes that have become viewed as standard for the project: political legitimacy; political tolerance; support for stable democracy; participation of civil society and social capital; the rule of law; evaluations of local governments; corruption victimization; and electoral behavior.

How to Become a Repository

If your institution is interested in adding to its repository of the AmericasBarometer data, please click here or email Rubi Arana for more information.  The pricing remains the same as previous years-$250 per dataset for SPSS and STATA files, and $300 per dataset if you would like ASCII files.  

This option to purchase (versus subscribe) allows a permanent ownership option under which you or your institution becomes a data repository for the dataset you desire, selected from the complete list of available datasets, including those prior to 2004.  For those who wish to access the 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 datasets to third parties (they 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 datasets as they want for a one-time fee. The Repository Agreement states that the repository institution and/or reseracher agrees to follow U.S. Federal Human Subjects rules (IRB rules).

Institutions or individuals interested in becoming a LAPOP/ AmericasBarometer Data Repository, please follow this link to the marketplace. 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: 
How will you be purchasing the data?

  • If institutional funds – You will want to set up your agreement as an institutional data repository.
  • If personal funds – You will want to set up your agreement as an individual data repository.  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, 2012, and 2014) and become a data repository for any number of the datasets. Some people find this helpful if they subscribe to the 2004 - 2014, and purchase those they are interested in from prior to 2004 (also called backfiles or archives).

Should you prefer this alternative, please follow this link.

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.
  2. Users of the LAPOP datasets 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 datasets, the appropriate weight variable, normally called WT, must be applied. See technical information for each country and round here. LAPOP is not responsible for errors made in the analysis or presentation of the data by users.
  3. Subscribers are not allowed to transfer data to any third parties.
  4. We ask that subscribers provide an appropriate acknowledgement to LAPOP as the source of data. See how to cite LAPOP here. Please also send LAPOP notice of any publications using the data by contacting