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America Votes - Ref JK 1967 .A8
Summarizes state and national election returns. Useful for historical as well as recent information.
Federal Election Commission
The Federal Election Commission (FEC) is an independent regulatory agency established in 1975 to administer and enforce the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) - the statute that governs the financing of federal elections. The duties of the FEC, which is an independent regulatory agency, are to disclose campaign finance information, to enforce the provisions of the law such as the limits and prohibitions on contributions, and to oversee the public funding of Presidential elections.
From the Center for Responsive Politics, which is the nation's premier research group tracking money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy. The center is nonpartisan, independent and nonprofit.
Public Opinion Data
Gallup Poll - Ref HN 90 .P8 G35
An annual compilation of opinion poll statistics gathered by the Gallup Organization, covering from 1935 to the present. Indexes make it easy to find figures from different years. This organization also maintains a website which contains selected data at Gallup.com
New York Times Poll Watch
An excellent, reliable source for polls and public opinion data.
Questions to Consider
When looking for statistics, ask yourself these questions:
- Who/what would collect statistics on my topic?
Governments tend to collect many kinds of statistics as do news organizations, polling places, institutes, think tanks and researchers also collect data.
- How would statistics on my topic be made public?
You can find statistics in a number of places, both in print and online. Not every statistic is publicly available, however.
- What possible barriers might prevent me from finding statistics on my topic?
Statistics for your topic might not be public or available in a neat package. There might be language barriers. Data may simply not have been collected on your topic.
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