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POLS 1105H (Bramlett): Data and Statistics

National Campaign Finance Information

Open Secrets: Comprehensive Campaign Finance data source.

Follow the Money: Includes Gubernatorial, US Senate, US House, state-level offices, and Ballot Initiatives.  Most comprehensive source for State Campaign spending.

Campaign Money: look up individual contributions, and look up contributions by zip code.

PACroyms: Acronyms of PACs registered with the Federal Election Commission.  Helps users determine where money donated to campaigns from outside organizations originates.

GA Campaign Finance Information

Center for Responsive Politics:  lists sources for state level campaign finance records

Follow the Money: National Institute on Money in State Politics:  lists state level campaign finance contributions

Political Apps

Countable:  users can see everything their members of Congress are voting on and read quick versions of bills hitting the floor.

Dollarocracy:  includes financial profiles for each member of Congress and displays their top donors, industry supporters, and contributions from special interest groups.

Polltracker:  from Talking Points Memo

Settle It!:  App from PolitiFact

Sitegeist:  Using your location, Sitegeist stats display data on the surrounding demographics as well as the voting tendencies and political contributions of your neighbors. 

Polling Data

iPoll:  U.S. opinion polls on major issues, politics, and society (1930s to present).

Polling the Nations: International opinions polls.

Polling data can often be skewed and misleading.  WNYC has a good tutorial about how to read polls for bias and poor design.  Breaking News Consumer Handbook:  Election Polls Edition.

Statistics and Data

Election Exit Polls:  The Roper Center has downloadable exit polls.

Five Thirty Eight:  Political analysis driven by data.

Google Trends: look at what people are searching in Google.

*read this before using Google Trends!  It gives context behind the raw numbers (which can sometimes be misleading)*

Pew Research Center:  comprehensive survey data and research on political trends.

PolicyMapData and mapping application that provides access to continuously updated data related to demographics, socio-economics, mortgages and home sales, health statistics, jobs and employment, education and more.  

ProQuest Statistical InsightStatistics published by the U.S. government and other agencies.

Social Explorer:  provides easy access to demographic information about the United States, from 1790 to present.

For data from original research projects, look at the Research Tab.

Reading Polling Data

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