Election Research

Major Political Parties - Click on the political parties below to visit their official websites.

Major Candidates - Investigate the presidential candidates and their positions on important issues.

These websites provide current information related to the election season.  To begin your research, visit the following websites:

  • FactCheck: A project organized by UPenn’s Annenberg Public Policy Center, FactCheck is another resource to research and compare “the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases.” The featured information is quite timely.

  • ProCon: ProCon is a not for profit organization that has "researched the US presidential candidates and their views on 68 issues including bailouts, education, and taxes."

  • Politifact: This Pulitzer Prize-winning website “examine[s] statements by members of Congress, state legislators, governors, mayors, the president, cabinet secretaries, lobbyists, people who testify before Congress and anyone elsewho speaks up in American politics.” The statements are rated on a scale of, dare I say, truthiness–true, mostly true, half true, mostly false, false and the much-dreaded Pants On Fire. Read more about Politifact’s truth scale here.

  • Project Vote Smart: This organization “is a non-partisan, nonprofit educational organization funded exclusively through individual contributions and philanthropic foundations.” It contains information on public statements, special interest groups, legislative committees, as well as contact information about dozens of political parties.

  • OpenSecrets: "Nonpartisan, independent and nonprofit, the organization aims to create a more educated voter, an involved citizenry and a more transparent and responsive government."

  • Pew Research Center: Includes information about data and analysis about voters, candidates, and issues. 

  • National Atlas: The National Atlas offers a map of Presidential Elections 1789-2008.  These maps show electoral votes won by political party for the fifty-six presidential elections from George Washing in 1789 to Barack Obama in 2008.

News Sources

  • CNN Election CenterProvides news, analysis, candidate information and polls for the 2012 election.

  • NBC PoliticsProvides news, analysis, candidate information and polls for the 2012 election.

  • PBS: PBS provides articles and programming about top campaign issues.

  • The New York TimesProvides news, analysis, candidate information and polls for the 2012 election.

  • YouTube: YouTube's political video coverage.

Search Engine

Additional Resources

  • iSideWith: Take the presidential election quiz and see which candidate you side with.

Election 2012

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