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Last Updated: Jul 22, 2014 URL: Print Guide

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Voting Statistics & Demographics

Campaigns & Elections

each of the following will yield different, and essential, information to help you build your analysis

  • Almanac of American Politics
    • profiles of elected officials including their political interests
    • detailed descriptions of legislative districts including past voting patterns
    • for further background information follow the links to older editions of the Almanac back to 1998
  • CQ Voting and Elections Collection
    • look up Office Histories to see the past election results for "your" seat
    • check out Candidate Histories for all the past election results for a given candidate
  • National Journal Hotline
    • up-to-the-minute commentary & analysis of campaigns & elections by insider experts
    • check out the "Hotline Race Dashboards" to find commentary on your particular district/race
  • CQ Roll Call
    a competitor to National Journal Hotline - more analysis & predictions from insider experts
  • ProQuest Newsstand
    • find local news coverage of your race by searching by state
    • columnists may predict election outcomes
    • some newspapers will poll voters about local candidates
    • glean info on your candidate's history, especially for political newcomers not listed in the resources above

Spotlight on... Campaign Finance

  • Campaign Finance Disclosure Portal
    • authoritative data from the Federal Election Commission
    • covers presidential, House and Senate candidates
    • see contributions by individuals and by committees
  • tip: use news coverage to learn more about candidates' fundraising and spending


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Public Opinion

  • Roper iPoll  
    huge database of surveys from Roper, Gallup, CNN, Washington Post, Fox News, etc.
    polling data on national, political, economic, and sociocultural topics.
  • Pew Research Center for People & the Press  
    polls, public opinion research, and national surveys on public attitudes toward press, politics, and public policy issues.

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