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Election 2020: 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).

Pollster:  tracks thousands of public polls to give you the latest data on elections, political opinions and more.

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

CQ Voting and Elections Collection:  Historical data and information about voting and elections in the U.S, from 1789 to 2018.

Election Exit Polls:  The Roper Center has downloadable exit polls from 2016 and 2018.

Five Thirty Eight:  political analysis driven by data.  Run by Nate Silver, who famously predicted the 2012 election wins with the most accuracy.

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

Modest Proposal

Comics

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