Political Research Data

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The use of data in political research is key, however not all data is the same and all sources are not the same. Thus it is important when doing a research project to get quality data that will not lead to questions of concern over the results it may give. Government agencies, long established research think tanks, and non-governmental organizations are the best sources of data for conducting a political research question.
This project will rely on three different data source; the Census Bureau Fact Sheet, the Pew Charitable Trust’s Project on religion in America, and the state election boards. The Census Bureau Fact Sheet will be used to ascertain the levels of home ownership, median household income, median rents, labor force
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The socioeconomic variables will be able to be retrieved right from the fact sheet without much effort. Overall, the Census Bureau data is a good data source to measure if socioeconomic indicators had a role to play in a state’s vote for Donald Trump. The Pew Charitable Trust’s Project on Religion in America is a comprehensive study looking at each of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, several major cities, and region religious divisions, practices, and political attitudes. Religious divisions have three major categories: Christian, Other, and Non-Affiliated. The Christian category, then splits into several subdivisions that includes: Evangelical Protestant, Mainline Protestant, Catholic, Mormon, Black Protestant, and other Christian traditions. The other category contains religious faiths such as Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, and other deity based faiths. The Non-Affiliated category deals with those that identify as Atheist, Agnostic, and those that claim no religious connection. Beliefs and practices break down into particular attitudes of individuals interviewed attitudes towards Scripture, Heaven, Hell, and belief in God. Political attitudes look at individual’s interview and how they view certain issues such as abortion, wealth, homosexuality, and same-sex marriage. This data source is a wide ranging study of religion in the United States. The one drawback with this data is that this study was last done in 2014,
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