Policy Mood


American survey institutions have done a fine job of asking the public how they feel about a myriad of issues. Policy Mood is a time series measure of public support for government programs on the liberal-conservative continuum developed by James A. Stimson in 1991 (Public Opinion in America: Moods, Cycles, and Swings). 

The Mood measure is moving in a new direction. With the assistance of an NSF grant, Stimson’s Policy Mood measure will be integrated with the Policy Agendas project. Now, instead of just one global measure of Mood, we will have more than sixty policy-specific measures. In other words, we will know more than the global Mood of the country--we will know the Healthcare Mood, Gay Rights Mood, Macroeconomics Mood. The NSF project also allows us the luxury of lengthening and thickening the series so we utilize the full breadth of survey items available.

[Contact Elizabeth Coggins with any questions about the data, the project, or replication data. Look forward to hearing from you!]





Recent Publications Utilizing Mood


Updated 2/13/12

Mood File

Quarterly Mood

Mood’s Next


Policy Specific!

Data is now available on the Policy Agendas Website!