Political Science

A guide to resources for researching government and political science

Facts, Figures, & Raw Data

Historical Statistics of the United States 

  • This thoroughly revised five-volume reference work, available both in print and electronic editions, reflects thirty years of new data and scholarship.
  • Topics ranging from migration and health to crime and the Confederate States of America are each placed in historical context by a recognized expert in the field.
  • The fully searchable and downloadable electronic edition will permit users to graph individual tables and create customized tables and spreadsheets reflecting their own particular areas of interest.

ICPSR: Inter-University Consortium for Political & Social Research 

  • UF is a member institution of ICPSR.
  • An international consortium of more than 750 academic institutions and research organizations, Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) provides leadership and training in data access, curation, and methods of analysis for the social science research community.
  • ICPSR maintains a data archive of more than 250,000 files of research in the social and behavioral sciences. It hosts 21 specialized collections of data in education, aging, criminal justice, substance abuse, terrorism, and other fields
  • ICPSR collaborates with a number of funders, including U.S. statistical agencies and foundations, to create thematic data collections and data stewardship and research projects.

International Data Base (IDB) 

  • Created by the US Census Bureau, the IDB includes demographic measures of over 200 countries and areas of the world with populations of 5,000 or more. Data in the IDB include total population, population by age and sex, and demographic characteristics such as fertility, mortality, and migration.
  • Population size (by single year of age and sex) and components of change (fertility, mortality, and migration) are available from an initial or base year through 2100 for July 1 of each calendar year.

Nexis-Uni: Political Science

  • Searches literature related to political science statistics.

Comparative Agendas Project (formerly Policy Agendas Project)

  • The Policy Agendas Project collects and organizes data from various archived sources to trace changes in the national policy agenda and public policy outcomes since the Second World War. www.comparativeagendas.net
  • A powerful online tool from University of Texas at Austin political scientists can help answer questions about lawmakers' shifting focus over time, differences between Republican and Democratic priorities and whether wave elections correlate with policy changes in Washington.
  • The Comparative Agendas Project database allows journalists, scholars and interest groups to easily track and compare the issues that presidents and members of Congress have taken up since 1947 and to assess how those actions reflected the mood of the country.

Polling the Nations 

  • A survey database with a compilation of over 14,000 surveys from more than 100 polling organizations dating back as far as 1986.

Roper Center Public Opinion Archives 

  • The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research is one of the world's leading archives of social science data, specializing in data from surveys of public opinion. The data held by the Roper Center range from the 1930s, when survey research was in its infancy, to the present. Most of the data are from the United States, but over 50 nations are represented.
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