Penn State College of the Liberal Arts
Penn State College of the Liberal Arts
Mood of the Nation Poll

Mood of the Nation Poll

Our Mood of the Nation poll offers a unique approach to public opinion polling. It allows Americans to speak in their own words through open-ended questions that focus on emotions like anger and hope, as well as commitment to constitutional principles.

Traditional polling forces citizens to place themselves into set categories, even on issues in which they are uninformed and uninterested. 

The Mood of the Nation poll gives citizens a series of open-ended questions, allowing them to answer in their own words—saying what is on their minds, what is important to them, and thereby providing a unique window on contemporary American politics. 

Read more about how the poll was conducted and the team that makes it happen.

Latest Poll Reports

August 6, 2020

A significant number of people are fearful of activities they took for granted before the pandemic.

Bar Graph

November 29, 2019

“Law abiding gun owners should have no reason not to test, license and register their weapons.”

June 1, 2019

“[Patriotism means] being proud of the country we are from and thankful for the freedoms and the rights that our troops fight for us.”