There is no other source that provides in one place the wide range and depth of insight found in Vital Statistics on American Politics (VSAP), published since 1988. VSAP provides historical and statistical information on all aspects of American politics: Political parties Voter turnout Public opinion Campaign finance Media perspective and influence, congressional membership and voting patterns The presidency and executive branch Military policy and spending Supreme Court and federal court make-up and caseloads Foreign, social, and economic policy In over 230 tables and figures, students and professional researchers will find chapters devoted to key subject areas such as elections and political parties, public opinion and voting, the media, the three branches of U.S. government, foreign, military, social and economic policy, and much more. This book provides a vivid and multifaceted portrait of the broad spectrum of United States politics and policies. Along with updated and new data content, this edition offers brand new data literacy lessons that take a “guide on the side” approach to teach data researchers how to wade through the sea of data and do the difficult work of grappling for the meaning of the data on their own. Lessons include understanding descriptive representation data, comparing data over time, noticing gaps in data, unpacking dichotomies of public opinion, and more.

Elections and Political Parties

Elections and political parties
  • Turnout
  • Political Parties
  • Election Results (President, Congress, and State)
  • Minority Elected Officials
  • Presidential Nominations
  • Districting
  • Voting Rights
  • Term Limits
  • Voting Equipment

In a book about statistics on American politics, elections and campaigns offer us lots and lots of numbers. In fact, if asked for examples of political statistics, most people’s minds would go first to election results; many elections are held in any given year, and these elections have extended back to the early years of the country. In this chapter, we share data on voter turnout (Figures 1-1 and 1-2 and Tables 1-1 and 1-2) and on presidential (Table 1-7) and congressional (Table 1-10) election results going back to 1788. This book also provides the most recent results for elections to the governorships and to ...

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