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Political Science Research Guide: Data & Statistics

About Datasets

Datasets are collections of numeric data that can be analyzed using specialized software such as Stata, SPSS, or R.

Datasets marked with a blue lock must be accessed from either on the UC San Diego campus network or else via Remote Access.

Put some thought into choosing your search terms and consider synonyms or alternative terms. AND, OR, and NOT can be used to combine or exclude search terms. Check the subject terms listed on your results for additional words to search.

Most databases have a help link. The help screens will usually explain how to best search for variables.

Top Political & Social Science Data Resources

Multidisciplinary Finding Tools

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International Statistics & Comparative Datasets

United States Political Datasets & Statistics

Use these resources to find data and statistics on American politics.

State government datasets

U.S. Polling/Election/Survey Data

International Polling/Survey Data

Political Attitudes Surveys

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Need to find statistics that might be hiding in a publication?

ProQuest Statistical Insight logo

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Need easy to manipulate statistical information over time?

Data-Planet logo

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Need some quick stats?

Statista: Market Data, Market Research and Survey Results