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. Why does the embed download option only appear for some U.S. Political Stats data series and not for others?
  6. U.S. Political Stats provides access to the embed download option for source databases for which we have permission to distribute. Embeds are not available due to restrictions in place by the source organization that releases the data and by our data vendors who help collect and clean the raw data.

  7. Why do I need to provide a reason for creating a U.S. Political Stats embed?
  8. The "Reason for Creation" field helps us understand where and why the U.S. Political Stats embed is created and how it is being used. So when you're filling out this field, be sure to include the purpose of the embed and name of the page or digital product where you plan to use it.

  9. How can I cite the data?
  10. 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.

  11. I'm having problems searching data. How does U.S. Political Stats search work?
  12. 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.

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

  15. Is U.S. Political Stats on the CQ Press Library (CQL)?
  16. 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.

  17. Does U.S. Political Stats offer alumni access?
  18. University alumni may have access to the content hosted on SAGE and CQ Press platforms through their university library, based on their university's current and active holdings. All alumni registered with subscribing or purchasing libraries will be able to access these resources, including more than 1,000 scholarly and professional journals at no extra fee. University libraries already support current students and scholars with access to online resources through both on-site and remote services. This license extends this offering to alumni via IP address, ATHENS, or SHIBBOLETH through the institution’s account. SAGE does not have the information or systems necessary to authenticate an individual as being an alumnus of a particular institution. Because of this, institutions will need to manage the authentication process and provide alumni with a route through the institutional IP network or with an ATHENS or SHIBBOLETH profile. Please contact your designated sales representative with any questions.

  19. My product question is not answered here.
  20. 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.