The American National Election Studies serves the research needs of social scientists, teachers, students, policy makers and journalists. We produce high quality data from our surveys on voting, public opinion, and political participation.
" The category Politics and Government covers statistics on the vast topic of politics – and besides that all data related to the U.S. government. The main category also covers polls and survey data on public opinion on political decisions, as well as the public opinion on the governments’ work in total."
The CSES is a collaborative program of research among election study teams from around the world. Participating countries and provinces include a common module of survey questions in their post-election studies. The resulting data are deposited along with voting, demographic, district and macro/electoral system variables.
Since 1972, the General Social Survey (GSS) has provided politicians, policymakers, and scholars with a clear and unbiased perspective on what Americans think and feel about such issues as national spending priorities, crime and punishment, intergroup relations, and confidence in institutions.
Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping the world. We conduct public opinion polling, demographic research, content analysis and other data-driven social science research.
The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, located at Cornell University, is one of the world’s leading archives of social science data, specializing in data from public opinion surveys. The Center’s mission is to collect, preserve, and disseminate public opinion data; to serve as a resource to help improve the practice of survey research; and to broaden the understanding of public opinion through the use of survey data in the United States and abroad.
Polling the Nations is an online database of public opinion polls containing the full text of 700,000+ questions and responses, from 18,000+ surveys and 1,700+ polling organizations, conducted from 1986 through the present in the United States and more than 100 other countries around the world.
American Attitudes: Who Thinks What about the Issues That Shape Our Lives by New Strategist Press Editors (Editor)The eighth edition of American Attitudes: Who Thinks What about the Issues That Shape Our Lives coaxes the results of the latest (2014) General Social Survey out of the shadows of academia and makes them readily available for researchers who want to explore Americans' changing attitudes.In hundreds of tables, the eighth edition of American Attitudes taps into the GSS gold mine, revealing what the public thinks about topics ranging from gay marriage to the American Dream, and the pros and cons of patriotism, how Americans feel about their financial status, their hopes for their children, how often they socialize and with whom, their religious beliefs, political leanings, and standard of living.It shows those answers by the demographics that shape perspective--sex, age, race, Hispanic origin, education, and region. American Attitudes reveals 2014 attitudes by demographic characteristic, and for every 2014 question for which historical data are available, it shows the history of response all the way back to the first appearance of the question on the General Social Survey. American Attitudes provides the latest data and is an invaluable resource for historic trends. The eighth edition of American Attitudes is organized into 10 chapters: Public Arena, Government and Politics, Patriotism, Science and Information, Religion, Work and Money, Family and Friends, Diversity, Personal Outlook, and Sexuality.
Publication Date: 2015
Damned Lies and Statistics: Untangling Numbers From the Media, Politicians, and Activists by Joel BestDoes the number of children gunned down double each year? Does anorexia kill 150,000 young women annually? Do white males account for only a sixth of new workers? Startling statistics shape our thinking about social issues. But all too often, these numbers are wrong. This book is a lively guide to spotting bad statistics and learning to think critically about these influential numbers. "Damned Lies and Statistics "is essential reading for everyone who reads or listens to the news, for students, and for anyone who relies on statistical information to understand social problems. Joel Best bases his discussion on a wide assortment of intriguing contemporary issues that have garnered much recent media attention, including abortion, cyberporn, homelessness, the Million Man March, teen suicide, the U.S. census, and much more. Using examples from the "New York Times, "the "Washington Post, "and other major newspapers and television programs, he unravels many fascinating examples of the use, misuse,and abuse of statistical information. In this book Best shows us exactly how and why bad statistics emerge, spread, and come to shape policy debates. He recommends specific ways to detect bad statistics, and shows how to think more critically about "stat wars," or disputes over social statistics among various experts. Understanding this book does not require sophisticated mathematical knowledge; Best discusses the most basic and most easily understood forms of statistic
Call Number: HM535 .B47 2001
Publication Date: 2001
How Numbers Rule the World: The Use and Abuse of Statistics in Global Politics by Lorenzo FioramontiNumbers dominate global politics and as a result our everyday lives. Credit ratings steer financial markets and can make or break the future of entire nations. GDP drives our economies. Stock market indices flood our media and national debates. Statistical calculations define how we deal with climate change, poverty and sustainability. But what is behind these numbers? By what processes are they created? In How Numbers Rule the World Lorenzo Fioramonti reveals the hidden agendas underpinning the use of statistics and those who control them. Most worryingly, he shows how numbers have been used as a means to reinforce the grip of markets on our social and political life, curtailing public participation and rational debate. An innovative and timely expose of the politics, power and contestation of numbers.
Publication Date: 2014
Public Opinion by Carroll J. Glynn; Susan Herbst; Garrett J. O'Keefe; Robert Y. Shapiro; Mark LindemanPublic Opinionis a comprehensive and multidisciplinary examination of public opinion in the United States. Drawing on scholarship in political science, psychology, sociology, and communications, the authors explore the nature of political and social attitudes in the United States and how these attitudes are shaped by various institutions, with an emphasis on mass media. The book also serves as a provocative starting point for the discussion of citizen moods, political participation, and voting behavior. Feature boxes and illustrations throughout help students understand all aspects of the elusive phenomenon we call public opinion. The third edition has been thoroughly revised and updated to reflect how public opinion is studied today, and to incorporate current data and debates. The book now contains two revised and reframed theory chapters 'Group Membership and Public Opinion' and 'Public Opinion and Social Process', as well as new coverage of the influence of online and social media on public opinion, especially in issue opinions and campaigns.
Publication Date: 2015
Who Governs? : Presidents, Public Opinion, and Manipulation by James N. Druckman; Lawrence R. JacobsAmerica’s model of representational government rests on the premise that elected officials respond to the opinions of citizens. This is a myth, however, not a reality, according to James N. Druckman and Lawrence R. Jacobs. In Who Governs?, Druckman and Jacobs combine existing research with novel data from US presidential archives to show that presidents make policy by largely ignoring the views of most citizens in favor of affluent and well-connected political insiders. Presidents treat the public as pliable, priming it to focus on personality traits and often ignoring it on policies that fail to become salient. Melding big debates about democratic theory with existing research on American politics and innovative use of the archives of three modern presidents--Johnson, Nixon, and Reagan--Druckman and Jacobs deploy lively and insightful analysis to show that the conventional model of representative democracy bears little resemblance to the actual practice of American politics. The authors conclude by arguing that polyarchy and the promotion of accelerated citizen mobilization and elite competition can improve democratic responsiveness. An incisive study of American politics and the flaws of representative government, this book will be warmly welcomed by readers interested in US politics, public opinion, democratic theory, and the fecklessness of American leadership and decision-making.
Call Number: JK516 .D793 2015
Publication Date: 2015
Almanac of American Politics 2018 by Columbia Books Inc (Editor)The 2018 Almanac of American Politics remains the gold standard of accessible political information, relied on by everyone involved, invested or interested in politics in America. Highly regarded for its in-depth analysis and comprehensive profiles of every congressional district, state, governor and member of Congress, The Almanac is the tool you need to better understand the context of the people and perspectives shaping the issues that matter to you. The Almanac of American Politics is the must have resource for understanding the American political landscape. The 2018 edition includes: -In-depth profiles of every governor, Senator, and House member. -Updated demographic information for every state and district, including information from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey, with new categories of economic, occupational, social and geographic data. -Analysis of the 2016 elections for Senate, House and governor races, and how those results shape the public policy debates in Congress and the nation. -A breakdown of the votes cast for President in 2016 for all states and districts, including primaries. -All new: Presidential profile on President Donald Trump. -All new: Campaign finance data on spending by all Senate and House members in their most recent election, including all-new listings of the "outside money" spent in those contests. -All new: Analysis of voter turnout in each state and congressional district for the 2016 presidential elections. -More than 60 state and congressional district maps, the key votes cast by members of the House and Senate, interest group ratings, and more. Essential reference and contact information.
Call Number: JK1012 .A44 2018
Publication Date: 2017
Dictionary of U. S. Government Statistical Terms by Alfred N. Garwood (Editor); Louise L. Hornor (Editor)US government agencies that gather and publish statistical data, including the Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bureau of Justice Statistics, and others, define statistical terms very precisely. This dictionary will tell one the differences among, for example, "Minor Civil Division," "Census County Division," "Census Subarea," and several other terms describing Census Bureau geography. The agency name appears in each entry, along with abbreviations where appropriate. An introduction, list of abbreviations, and bibliography round out the volume.