Help & FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What browsers are supported?
  2. U.S. Political Stats functions best using Internet Explorer 9 or higher, and the latest versions of Firefox, Safari, and Chrome. Visualizations may appear dysfunctional in older browsers.

  3. Can I export the data?
  4. Yes. You can download data in Excel or CSV from any page, or you can visit the Export Center to quickly retrieve your data.

  5. How can I cite the data?
  6. On any data page there is a CiteNow! icon to the upper left of the data view, a pair of quotation marks. You can then copy and paste a citation in several formats or export it into a citation management tool. Citation formats are Bluebook, Chicago and MLA. Export options include EndNote, ProCite, Reference Manager, RefWorks, Word Processor (.rtf) Please note the automatic citations reference U.S. Political Stats, not the original source of the data. However, source information is available for each data series.

  7. I'm having problems searching data. How does U.S. Political Stats search work?
  8. There are millions of data series in U.S. Political Stats. We have tagged these with key words in accordance with the topics and data groupings, as well as person and/or location. Search prompts are made available to you as you enter in keywords, and the filters on the lefthand side can help you reduce your list of search results.

  9. How often is data added?
  10. The data series are updated over the course of the year, generally on a quarterly basis.

  11. Is U.S. Political Stats on the CQ Press Library (CQL)?
  12. Yes. U.S. Political Stats is featured on the CQL homepage in the Databases section. The data series are discoverable in the cross-product search, with the data series classified as the Facts & Figures content type.

  13. My product question is not answered here.
  14. For a detailed User Guide to help you through the resource, please click here. Please feel free to contact our technical support staff at if you have further inquiries about how to use U.S. Political Stats.