On November 8, US citizens will go to the polls to elect the 45th president of the United States. Predictions of which ticket will win the election and by what margin abound. These predictions should, but do not always, have one thing in common: data. If global events of this decade teach us anything, it’s that seemingly small challenges to the status quo, local sentiment globalized by social media, and many other “unpredictables” can turn the tide quickly and irrevocably.
Data, new and old, still has a role to play in understanding US voter turnout, key election issues, and the strength ultimately of the US democratic system. We at Knoema have brought together historical and the latest statistical data from a variety of sources, sorted into five topical categories complete with interactive visualizations to make navigation through data easier. These topics are: 1 - the 2016 elections; 2 - campaign financing; 3 - election preferences & presidential job approval; 4 - voting history; and 5 - gender differences.
One thought provoking - and perhaps "get out to vote" worthy - finding from this data collection is that polling trends in favor of Hillary Clinton look similar to that of Mitt Romney during the last 100 days before the 2012 US presidential election. And, yes, you've guessed it, Donald Trump seems to be following the pattern of President Obama. Extending this scenario out through the final two weeks of the campaign, Trump's chances of winning the election get stronger: President Obama gained his decisive advantage over Romney in the last two weeks of the 2012 campaign.
As a bonus, we have added special coverage at the bottom of this page to share information on the length of political party platforms, presidential vetoes, and host cities of the political parties' national conventions.
Candidate and campaign financing data, including receipts, disbursements, cash on hand, and debts by candidate for the 1860-2016 election years. See also: U.S. Presidential Elections Data Hub | 2016 Presidential Elections: Latest Polls | Election Preferences & Presidential Job Approval | Voting History: Popular and Electoral Votes | Gender Differences | Length of Political Party Platform | Presidential Vetoes | National Conventions
Number of regular and pocket vetoes by each president. See also: U.S. Presidential Elections Data Hub | 2016 Presidential Elections: Latest Polls | Campaign Financing | Election Preferences & Presidential Job Approval | Voting History: Popular and Electoral Votes | Gender Differences | Length of Political Party Platform | National Conventions
Number of times US cities have hosted national conventions. See also: U.S. Presidential Elections Data Hub | 2016 Presidential Elections: Latest Polls | Campaign Financing | Election Preferences & Presidential Job Approval | Voting History: Popular and Electoral Votes | Gender Differences | Length of Political Party Platform | Presidential Vetoes
Every political party has its own platform that comprises a set of its principal goals. The purpose of a political party platform is to appeal to the general public in order to gather its support on elections. So, what platforms help to get more votes? This is a difficult question to answer, as there are a lot of qualitative factors affecting a platform's appeal. Still, there is one quantitative factor that could be apparently measured. And this is a platform's length in words. Indeed, this is not the key determinant of a platform's relative strength, but it at least could show how easily the platform could be read and understood by...