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Presidential election time is here again, and the "spin" never stops. Having trouble finding reliable, objective information about the issues? Try these websites for the latest polls, analysis and statistics.
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FactCheck A project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania, this website bills itself as a "consumer advocate" for voters. FactCheck applies the methods of journalism and scholarship to determine the accuracy of politcal speeches, ads, interviews and press releases. Its researchers also attempt to dispel Internet rumors and take the "spin" out of partisan statements.

Kaiser Family Foundation The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation specializes in independent research and analysis of health care issues. KFF serves as a clearinghouse for unbiased facts and information about the state of the health care system and the ongoing reform debate. 

National Journal A highly-regarded source for nonpartisan examination of the issues for more than forty years. National Journal is relied upon by government professionals, elected officials and their staffs. With a list of nationally-known daily contributors, NJ has earned a reputation as a must-read for Washington insiders while remaining a highly readable source for the general public.

Open CRS The Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress provides members of Congress with reports on important topics, but these reports are not readily available to the general public. Open CRS collects reports that are in the public domain and provides access through a searchable database. Here you'll find the information that members of Congress rely on to make informed policy decisions.

OpenSecrets This Webby Award-winning site, created by the non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics, seeks to promote transparency in the American political process by tracking the sources of campaign contributions and lobbying activities. OpenSecrets examines the influence of lobbyists, interest groups, PACs and individuals by sharing financial disclosures and by conducting its own research and analysis. It's comprehensive, easy to navigate and unbiased.

People & the Press Sponsored by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, this website publishes the results of monthly public opinion surveys about current news events. Topics covered include domestic affairs, political attitudes and values, the news media and elections. The Pew Research Center also sponsors websites examining global attitudes, social trends, Hispanics in the US, changing demographics and religion.

Politifact  Pulitzer Prize-winning website uses the "Truth-O-Meter" to measure the veracity of political statements. The staff of The Tampa Bay Times researches a wide variety of campaign promises, speeches, position papers and interviews in their original context and ranks them from "True" down to "Pants On Fire."  PolitiFact uses responsible methods to determine the degree of truth or falsehood in the barrage of claims we face each day.

Project VoteSmart   An independent, volunteer-run organization devoted to researching and providing free public access to information about state and national elected officials. Find your representatives' postion on a variety of issues, their voting records, campaign finances and performance evaluations. Download the organization's free, 100-page "Voter's Self-Defense Manual." VoteSmart accepts no financial assistance from interest groups or lobbyists.

Real Clear Politics RCP collects the latest newspaper articles, editorials, blog posts and videos culled from reliable sources across the political spectrum to deliver a thorough and balanced view of the political landscape. The site also compiles polling data, book reviews and interactive graphs. RCP provides a wealth of up-to-date, thoughtful analysis of the issues.

Roll Call Roll Call has covered Congress and the legislative process since 1955. Designed for political professionals but accessible to the general public, Roll Call claims the largest team of reporters on Capitol Hill. Their goal is to help viewers track, understand and engage with legislators.

The Hill DC-based website covers activity in the Capitol, from campaign strategies and legislative action to lobbying and global affairs. Reports and opinions are provided by a wide array of experienced politcal journalists and bloggers. The Hill is organized like a national newspaper, with thorough, original and timely coverage of the day's political events.

Reuters Polling The Reuters Poll, begun in January 2012, continuously polls between 2,000 and 3,000 people a week, entirely via online surveys. This method allow Reuters to collect far more data with more flexibility than phone research. Reuters believes "online is also where the future of polling lies." This methodology may be different from the approach used by others, but it is highly accurate: It was the most accurate national poll of US residents published immediately before the November 2012 general election.

FiveThirtyEight The name comes from the total number of electoral votes at stake in U.S. presidential elections. This website was created and is still edited by renowned statistician Nate Silver and his team of journalist/pollsters. Silver initially earned notice for successfully picking the outcomes in 49 of the 50 states in the 2008 presidential election. Then, in the 2012 election, FiveThirtyEight correctly called the winner in all fifty states and the District of Columbia. FiveThirtyEight has twice won the annual Webby Award as the "Best Political Blog." 





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