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Vital Statistics on American Politics

Vital Statistics on American Politics


March 2022 | 544 pages | CQ Press

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.


Tables, Figures, and Data Literacy Lessons
About the Authors
1 Elections and Political Parties
2 Campaign Finance and Political Action Committees
3 Public Opinion and Voting
4 The Media
5 Congress
6 The Presidency and Executive Branch
7 The Judiciary
8 Federalism
9 Foreign and Military Policy
10 Social Policy
11 Economic Policy
Appendix: Definitions of Regions

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