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Government Documents


Biographies, platforms, parties
Democracy Network
Position statements from nine major candidates on nearly 40 issues. Convenient chart allows candidate comparison at a glance. Can read actual statements from candidates on individual issues. Also links to detailed issues descriptions and opposing viewp oints.

Issues 2000
Gives background on issues along with excerpted quotes from candidates revealing their position. Can compare all candidates on a single issue, or all issues for a given candidate. Grid classifies opinions as liberal, conservative, progressive, or li bertarian.

Political Parties (U. Of Michigan)
Extensive links to parties, conventions, and national agendas.

Politics in America
REF DESK 328.7307 C749p
Profiles of current members of 106th Congress. Includes biographies, key votes, and interest group ratings.

Candidate bios, analysis, list of supporters, links to supportive and nonsupportive web sites. "Issues &Debates" links to PACs by political orientation. Modest links to political party sites.

Project Vote Smart
Non-partisan organization dedicated to compiling factual information on political candidates and elected officials to create an informed citizenry. Site includes biographical information, voting records, campaign issue positions, performance evaluati ons by special interests, campaign contributions, backgrounds, previous experience, and contact information. Standardized questionnaire results help compare candidates and identify stance on issues. Extensive links to other resources. Excellent, well-r espected site.

Project Vote Smart Public Statements Search
Searchable database of news items, speeches, issue papers, and interview transcripts of candidates’ public remarks. Can search by candidate or by topic. Useful for identifying issues, public image, and consistency of expressed opinions.

Reporter’s Source Book 1998-1999
Issue briefs on major political concerns. Each brief consists of an overview, pro and con arguments, and the public’s perspective. Invaluable for identifying major issues and for citations to public opinion polls. Lists advocacy groups on opposing sides of issues, many of which rate elected officials.


AllPolitics (CNN & Time)
Daily news coverage of Election 2000. Features today’s news plus small news archives, adwatch (videos of political ads), brief biographies (major candidates only), CNN/Time opinion polls, political analyses, quarterly FEC campaign finance reports (br ief reports, major candidates only).

Campaign 2000 (C-SPAN)
Videos of speeches and interviews, campaign events, and campaign advertising; videos on political analysis; campaign schedule of candidates; links to political parties and candidate sites.

Lexis-Nexis Universe
Use "News" category. "General News–Major Newspapers" and "U.S. News" includes regional papers. "Transcripts" searches media broadcasts and actual interviews with candidates. Good source for stories of lesser known candidates.

Political Insider
"searches over 1500 news sites on the web for the latest political news, compiles the headlines and presents them to you in an easy to read format." Summarizes stories from a variety of sources with links to the full story. Cluttered with ads, but good site for getting an overview of news headlines.

News stories, political ads, candidate bios, polls, political ads, etc. Noteworthy for succinct summary of campaign contribution rules, for well-done candidate profiles including issue positions, and ongoing poll position of nine major candidates.

Washington Post–Politics
Daily political news with links to specific candidate’s campaigns. Special features are searchable video library under "Elections" for candidate’s speeches, "Polls" section containing current and regular public opinion. "Iss ues" and "Elections–Money watch" contain articles specific to those subjects. Categories can be searched or browsed.

Campaign finance

Center for Responsive Politics
Campaign finance data on individual candidates. Charts and number totals depict funds by source (individual/PAC/self funded), geography, sector, and industry. Totals given by state, city, and zip code. Donor look-up allows searching by specific var iables.

"A place to discover who gave what to which Federal candidates when." Search by candidate, contributor, PAC, individual, state, or zipcode. Similar to Center for Responsive Politics but with more detail.

Political Advocacy Groups
Directory of PACs by name and subject. Entries include web page, email address, regular mail address, and description. Check marks indicate groups that rate political candidates.


Demographics and Voting Behavior

Census CD + Maps
ACU Library Government Documents
Creates thematic maps on the fly based on 1990 Census demographics and 1997 estimates. Displays geographic locations of people who meet specified demographic characteristics.

Census Home Page
Primary source for demographics by nation, state, county, place, or zip code. 1990 Decennial Census Lookup provides most detailed list of demographics. Population Estimates contain updated figures for population, age, sex, and race data. Subjects Index is helpful guide for other Census figures.

Census Voting and Registration Data
Number of voters, registered voters, and voter turnout by demographic data (age, race, sex, occupation, etc.) and by geographic region (nation, region, state, urban/rural). Includes reasons why people did not vote. Data span presidential elections f rom 1964-present.

Census Working Paper 28. Are There Differences in Registration and Voting Behavior Between Naturalized and Native-born Americans?

Dave Leip’s Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections
Maps and charts of presidential election statistics for 1860-1996. Gives general votes, electoral votes, voter turnout, candidates, and parties. State and county level data given for 1960-1996. Excellent way to track voting trends over time and to forecast results for a given area.

General Population and Youth Survey on Civic Engagement
Nation-wide survey on 18-25 year olds and their voting behaviors and attitudes. Reveals voting registration patterns, attitudes on issues, preferences for sources of information, etc.

National Political Database (Voter Contact Services)
Voter registration data for states and counties. Shows number and percent registered by political party, voter turnout for past five general elections, and selected household demographics by political party. Used for locating people likely to suppor t a certain party or a certain issue.

Opinion Polls

Gallup Organization
Click "Politics & Elections" and "Social Issues and Policy". News Highlights on home page and Gallup Poll Fact Facts often showcase Campaign 2000. Can search by topic or name.

National Election Studies Guide to Public Opinion and Electoral Behavior
Tables, graphs, and poll results illustrating public opinion and voter demographics: social and religious characteristics of voters, public involvement, partisanship, opinion on public policy issues, etc. Results available at national level only. Da ta covers 1948-1997.

Roper Center for Public Opinion Research (Lexis-Nexis)
Click "Reference", "Polls & Surveys". Covers politics and government, public institutions, international relations, business, social affairs and consumer behavior and preferences. The file includes sources in opinion polling such as Gallup, Harris, Roper; ABC, CBS, CNN and NBC; Los Angeles Times, New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal.

Washington Post Data Directory
Excellent links to public opinion sites conducted by nonpartisan organizations.

The Vanishing Voter
Studies and regular polls measuring the public’s involvement in Campaign 2000. Surveys measure public’s knowledge of issues and impressions of debates. Some age breakdowns in results. Weekly polls follow voters’ interest in the campaign. Good site for tracking how well campaigns are reaching the public.