There is a certain tension in putting analysis and polling on the same page: one is the steak; the other the sizzle. We leave you with this dilemma. We think it's healthy.

American Political Science Association

While most of the APSA content is available only by subscription, if you go to the "Public" quicklink, then to the "Special Issues" heading of the new page, you'll find a few whole articles in pdf. It's decidedly hit or miss, but one might be just what you're looking for.

Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania

Two of Annenberg's areas of study are political discourse and the media. They are very good at analysing what gets said in elections - by candidates, interests and voters - what it means and who it effects. This is a good place to find light as national elections heat up.

Brookings Institution Governance Studies

While ostensibly focused on reform, the site offers both election analysis and recent developments in reform and campaign regulation. See also their page on U.S. Politics.

Campaigns and Elections

From Politics magazine, a non-partisan source of news and analysis. Some content is free, some only by subscription.

Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE)

Based in the University of Maryland's School of Public Affairs, and funded by both the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Carnegie Foundation, CIRCLE conducts research on the civic and political participation of young Americans, including political opinions, media use and forms of political expression.

D.C.'s Political Report

A little bit, or maybe a whole lot, of everything.

Something we've been praying for! A reputable, non-partisan organization that analyses the accuracy of politcal ads and campaign claims. From the Annenberg Center above.

Institute for Politics, Democracy and the Internet

From George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management. Much is free, some is not.


The St. Petersburg Times and Congressional Quarterly subject the candidates to the Truth-o-Meter.

Project Vote Smart

PVS should probably be one of the first stops on your way to getting an idea of what you'll be facing, and what you should know, in the 2008 election. Their coverage is wide and deep, though at this writing, they seem to be throwing things on the site for the sake of doing so. However, that said, they remain a reliable stop on the way to the polling place. No one offers one-stop shopping, but PVS comes close.

Public Agenda

The organization is exeptionally good at framing the many issues of the day, along with gathering the news and opinions behind them and collecting the facts surrounding them. This is an excellent first-stop site for understanding the issues behind the politics.


Although much of the site is for subscribers, the front page carries several tables of information on the primaries such as dates, whether they are open or not, as well as demographic data for the primary and caucus states.

American National Election Studies

From Stanford University and the University of Michigan a wealth of polling information, covering public opinion and voter self-identification. See their Guide to Public Opinion and Electoral Behavior.

D.C.'s Political Report

A little bit, or maybe a whole lot, of everything.

Fabrizio McLaughlin & Associates

Their research and consulting is for people with more money than we have, but check out their press releases.

The Gallup Organization

America's premier pollsters. Most of their content is subscription, but the news service and news releases are free and fascinating.

Harris Interactive

Like the Gallup Organization, Harris is mostly pay-per-view, but some items are publicly available. Check their "Headlines" on the home page.

Mystery Pollster

No mystery, really. Just Mark Blumenthal "Demystifying the Science and Art of Political Polling".

Pew Research Center for People and the Press

Well respected and academic, the PRC researches public opinion and attitudes on a wealth of topics.

Polling Report

Gathers and presents polling from the major media polling sources, organized by topic. Extremely comprehensive.

Rasmussen Reports

For a private polling organization, Rasmussen is surprisingly, if not uniquely, generous to the non-paying public with its results. Granted, this doesn't take much, but there's quite a bit here.

Survey USA

Barebones prognostications on the horserace under "2004 Election Polls".

Zogby International

As a for-profit pollster, Zogby nonetheless offers a surprising amount of public information. It is especially valuable for it Middle East polling and coverage of the Arab world.