2010 Election Resources

Issues and Candidates Information on Voting
Polling Data and Analysis Political News and Analysis

Last Modified: October 14, 2010 ***************************************************************

Issues and Candidates

C-SPAN: Election Guide: (
-Information on issues and candidates, voter registration, and Web resources by topic.

Democratic National Committee: (
-Official Web site of the DNC.

League of Women Voters: (
-Look under "Voter Information" for information on registering to vote, candidates and issues, and elections.

North Carolina Center for Voter Education: (
-Non-profit organization offering information on North Carolina issues, candidates, and voting procedures.

North Carolina Democratic Party: (
-Official Web site of the NCDP.

North Carolina Republican Party: (
-Official Web site of the NCGOP.

Open (
-Detailed data on campaign finance and political contributions. Search for either donors or candidates.

Project Vote Smart: (
-Quality source for candidate and issue research, including biographies, congressional voting records, issue analysis, and campaign financial data.

Republican National Committee: (
-Official Web site of the RNC.

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Information on Voting

Federal Election Commission: (
-Offers data on campaign finance, voting and voter registration, and past election results.

North Carolina State Board of Elections: (
-Voting and voter registration information, election dates and results, and NC campaign finance data and regulations.

Pitt County Board of Elections: (
-Information on elections, polling places, and voter registration.

U.S. Election Assistance Commission: (
-"The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) was established by the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA). EAC is an independent, bipartisan commission charged with developing guidance to meet HAVA requirements, adopting voluntary voting system guidelines, and serving as a national clearinghouse of information about election administration. EAC also accredits testing laboratories and certifies voting systems, as well as audits the use of HAVA funds." Voting and Elections: (
-Directory of federal and state government resources.

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Polling Data and Analysis

American Research Group: (
-Provides summary data on presidential job performance and key state-level races.

Gallup Organization: (
-Basic poll results. While much of the detailed data is subscription-only, summary information and media releases are freely available.

Mason-Dixon: (
-Web site of firm that does state-wide political and issue polling. Includes links to poll results and analysis.

Pew Research Center for the People and the Press: (
-Conducts “regular national surveys that measure public attentiveness to major news stories, and… polling that charts trends in values and fundamental political and social attitudes.” The site also features surveys of global attitudes on topics such as the Iraq war and anti-Americanism. Reports, downloadable data sets, and an index of public interest in various news stories are all freely available. (
-Portal site featuring results of national-level public opinion polls covering topics such as politics and elections, key issues, and social trends. Either browse by topic or search.

Public Agenda: (
-Nonpartisan research center providing in-depth analysis of public opinion on a variety of public policy issues. Offers issue guides and detailed research studies. The "For Media" section offers a guide to "Understanding Polling".

Rasmussen Reports: (
-Provides national and state political polling data and analysis, as well as economic and social opinion surveys. Some political data is restricted to subscribers.

Roper Center for Public Opinion Research: (
-While most of their data is subscription-only, some information is open access. Choose “Topics at a Glance” to find freely available data. The “Polling 101” section offers an excellent introduction to public opinion analysis for students and others.

Survey USA: (
-Features local and state election and public opinion polls.

Zogby International: (
-Official site of pollster James Zogby features results of monthly opinion polls and some of daily tracking polls from key primary states. Select “Trends Over Time” to see the evolution of basic polling data on issues such as presidential approval. “In the Media” features a searchable archive of news articles that reference Zogby polling data.

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Political News and Analysis Election 2010: (
-News and analysis, polling data, background on the issues, and assessments of key races.

Cook Political Report: (
-Analysis by political expert Charles Cook, along with polling data, information on specific races, and an electoral college scorecard.

C-Span Politics: Campaign 2010: (
-View streaming and archived video of political debates, campaign events and political ads.

Fact (
-Provides nonpartisan factual analysis of political claims and advertisements. “We are a nonpartisan, nonprofit, "consumer advocate" for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. We monitor 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. Our goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding.” A project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. Elections: (
-Features news, analysis, and the results of Fox News opinion polls.

Larry Sabato's Crystal Ball Predictions: (
-Analysis and forecasts for Governor, Senate, and House races from the noted political analyst and head of the University of Virginia's Center For Politics. Decision 2010: (
-News, analysis, and interactive features.

Politico: (
-Web-based media outlet focused on political and electoral news.

Real Clear Politics: (
-Daily compilation of news and opinion pieces from various media sources, as well as state and national electoral polling data.

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