Major Research Tools

CQ Voting and Elections Collection

Data, Full-Text

Data and analysis on U.S. presidential, congressional, and gubernatorial elections, plus information on voter demographics and political parties. Includes biographical information on candidates and some election speeches.

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American Rhetoric

Full-Text, Gateway

Collection of full text, audio and video versions of public speeches, sermons, legal proceedings, lectures, debates, interviews, and other recorded media events. The site also includes sections devoted to rhetorical devices, Christian rhetoric, 9/11 rhetoric, movie speeches, and political speeches.

ANES Guide to Public Opinion and Electoral Behavior

Coverage: 1948-2008

Provides access to tables and graphs that display the ebb and flow of public opinion, electoral behavior, and choice in American politics over time. Contains data collected by the American National Election Studies, organized into nine topics.

Ballot Measures Database

Database of information on statewide initiatives and referenda from 1892 to the present. From the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Commission on Presidential Debates


Information about U.S. presidential and vice-presidential debates, debate transcripts from 1960 to the present, video re-enactments of historical debates, news, and more.

Election Statistics


Official vote counts for federal elections "from the official sources among the various states and territories." Data is available for all federal elections from 1920 onward. Provided by the Office of the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives. : Annenberg Political Fact Check


Monitors the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. politicians and advocacy groups in television advertisements, debates, speeches, interviews, and news releases. A project of the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg Public Policy Center.

Harris Vault

Full-Text, Index
Coverage: 1963 to present

Results of weekly public opinion polls conducted by Harris Interactive.

iPoll Databank

Data, Full-Text

Coverage: 1935 to present

Database of U.S. national public opinion surveys. From The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research.

Lehigh Valley Research Consortium

Data, Full-Text

Quantitative and qualitative data about the Lehigh Valley. Includes public opinion data, election polls, and research papers (e.g.,"The Effects of Gambling in the Lehigh Valley"). Requires free registration.

Living Room Candidate


Collection of presidential campaign commercials from 1952 to present, organized by year and theme. Includes commentary, historical background, and election results. From the Museum of the Moving Image.

New Nation Votes: American Election Returns, 1787-1825


Detailed election returns for all offices and all states. From the American Antiquarian Society

Northampton County Election Results


The Northampton County Government website contains seven years of local election results for Presidential, state, and local positions. Lafayette College's precinct can be found under Easton City 3-3 (3rd ward, 3rd district).


The website of the Center for Responsive Politics. Here you can find data on campaign contributions, money and politics, lobbying, and campaign finance reform.


Digest versions of public opinion polls conducted by various organizations.

Project Vote Smart


Information for the educated voter: candidate positions, voting records, biographies, performance evaluations, etc., plus links to contact info and the home pages of state and federal representatives.

Quinnipiac University Poll


Surveys on election issues and "issues of public concern," conducted regularly nationwide and with residents of Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Iowa, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

Full-Text, Gateway

Current news on state governments. Can be used to find sources and web sites that provide comparative state information and data (e.g., which states have the death penalty, how states are implementing "No Child Left Behind", etc.). From the Pew Center on the States.

U. S. Electoral College

Data, Full-Text

Information and statistics on presidential elections, past and present, from the National Archives and Record Administration.