Here’s a very low-res, preliminary version of the animation I am working on to map casualties from the Iraq war with public opinion over time. The opinion variable is the percent of respondents from each state who approved of George W. Bush’s job performance that month (job approval was the most consistent measure asked across the whole survey period). The survey data source is the CBS/New York Times monthly poll series, available from ICPSR. Casualty data comes from the same source as the previous map.
The opinion data is a bit noisy at the moment, so I’m considered switching to a three-month weighted moving average. Suggestions for improvement are especially welcome.