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Government Statistics- United States

  • The U.S. Census Bureau gathers and reports statistics on the U.S. population, economy, education, agriculture, and so much more. For a student-researcher, it can feel like looking for a needle in a haystack.  Start small:
  • The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics collects, analyzes and reports data about labor, employment and unemployment, pay and benefits, productivity, inflation and pricing, workplace injuries and more.

World Statistics

Public Opinon Surveys

  • Pew Research Center, a non-partisan think tank of the Pew Charitable Trust, engaging in frequent national polls across the United States.
  • Kaiser Family Foundation Polls, national polls addressing health issues and health policy in the U.S.
  • American National Election Studies researches voting, public opinion, and political participation.
  • Current Population Survey, sponsored by the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Survey topics include work, earnings, education, volunteerism, school enrollment, health insurance and child support.
  • Real Clear Politics pulls together political and election polls sponsored by a variety of news sites with differing biases. Compare results and methodology.

Fact Checking

  • Factcheck -- nonpartisan and nonprofit, "aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics"
  • Politifact​-- sponsored by the Tampa Bay Times, an independent newspaper, this website "checks claims by elected officials, candidates, leaders of political parties and political activists." 
  • Pundifact -- also sponsored by the Tampa Bay Times, specifically checking claims made by "pundits" or the so-called experts and opinion makers frequently interviewed on news programs.
  • Snopes -- well-respected website that gets to the bottom of urban legends and national rumors.

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