Posted by: Roxanne Palmatier
Just can’t get enough politics? The Library can help! Sample our polling resources and online political encyclopedias or ask about other options at the Research Assistance Desk in the new Digital Media Commons.
Visit the Roper Center Public Opinion Archives to immerse yourself in Presidential approval ratings, state and national exit polls, or facts and figures on Presidential elections from 1976 through 2008. For the more adventurous researcher, Roper’s iPoll database provides access to poll questions and survey data collected from the 1930’s to present. Track public opinion on the trustworthiness of the President, Congress, and individual candidates from the late 1980’s onward. Check a recent Bloomberg poll to learn which Presidential candidate is considered best qualified to handle relations with Middle Eastern countries in the aftermath of the Benghazi consulate incident.
Polling the Nations includes polls conducted abroad and in the U.S. You’ll learn how respondents in selected countries feel about President Obama’s foreign policy decisions. Check a Pew Research Center poll to see how world leaders, including President Obama, are rated by citizens from a variety of nations.
For background information on the office of President, try CQ’s Guide to the Presidency and the Executive Branch. This resource provides an excellent overview of all aspects of the presidency from executive powers through the perks available on Air Force One (personalized boxes of M&M’s!). A companion publication, CQ’s Guide to Congress is also available. Learn about the powers reserved to the Congress or check on the perks available to your Representatives and Senators.
Vital Statistics on American Politics offers statistics on campaign finance, media outlets and politics, voter turnout, and mid-term elections among other topics. Online editions are available from 2005 to present and offer several options for downloading data. Print volumes for the years 1990 through 2008 are available in the Snell Stacks JK274 S74.
For background on elections and political parties worldwide, check the newly acquired International Encyclopedia of Political Science. Articles on political parties, electoral geography, and electoral campaigns provide background on these topics in both the U.S. and other countries.
To see photos from Presidential debates, past and present, visit our AP Images database. Classic photos from the 1960 Nixon/Kennedy debates make an interesting contrast with the current Obama/Romney debate images. For starters, only one of the Nixon/Kennedy images is in color! Debate moderators from the sixties are identified in photo captions only; today, they’re celebrities in their own rights with photos included with those of the candidates.
Please visit our Political Science Subject Guide to learn about other political/policy research tools provided by the University Libraries.