Deciding How to Vote

What does it take to be President?    What are the issues?

Search these library databases and web sites to learn more:
Note: library subscription databases are restricted to Middlebury College users.

To learn more about the issues:

CQ Press Electronic Library.  Includes:

CQ Weekly: reports on issues before congress and legislative activity.
CQ Researcher
: pro/con reports on controversial issues.
CQ Online Editions
: includes Guide to U.S. Elections; Guide to Political Campaigns in America

Opposing Viewpoints:  pros and cons on current issues.

NewspapersDirect: current news from newspapers around the world.

To check claims by candidates: (nothing is 100% without bias)

FactCheck.org:  from the Annenberg Public Policy Center.  Reports on accuracy of news reports and political statements made by politicians of each party.

PolitiFact.com: from the Tampa Bay Times and Congressional Quarterly.  Has a “Truth-O-Meter” scorecard checking the attacks on the candidates (includes explanations).

To check how candidates are funded:

Federal Election Commission (FEC): provides campaign finance data and candidate financial disclosure reports.

OpenSecrets.org:  non-partisan, non-profit research group that tracks money in politics.

To track issues and candidates in public opinion polls:

Pollster: from the Huffington Post. Focuses on political races and presidential approval polls.

Polling the Nations: “database of public opinion polls containing the full text of 500,000 questions and responses from 14,000+ surveys conducted from 1986 through the present in the United States and 100 other countries around the world.”  Logout when done (1 user limit).

For additional library and web sources, see the

Political Science Subject Guide

Middlebury College Commentaries:

Presidential Politics Blog, by Prof. Matt Dickinson

Professor Pundits (Middlebury Magazine video commentaries by Middlebury Political Science Professors Burt Johnson & Matt Dickinson)