With 2008 US Presidential elections around the corner everyone is busy including chart makers. There are hundreds of excellent visualizations on the presidential election campaign, speeches, issues, predictions that keeping track of what is best can be a tough task. We at PHD have compiled a list of 35 totally awesome visualizations on the 2008 election. Do check these to get more insights in to this election.
The visualizations are grouped in to these categories:
- Campaigns & Speeches
- Primaries & Caucuses
- Other Politics
- Trivia & Fun Facts
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Visualizations on Campaigns & Speeches
How many articles are referring to Obama and McCain
Donations received by each candidate. The blue semi-circles in the center describe the size of the overall donations by both Obama and McCain. The lines indicate the amount of donation made.
Presentation Zen takes a look at Obama’s acceptance speech at DNC and compares it with a symphony.
Obama’s speech, the word “WE” in a word tree.
Look at what Palin spoke in the VP debates recently, in a word cloud. More Wordle clouds : McCain, Obama @ DNC, Obama vs. King – the speeches I have a Dream vs. More Perfect Union
How each candidates taxation policies effects the marginal taxes.
Break up of campaign finance information by NY Times.
How the tax plans of Obama and McCain are going to impact you?
Campaign finances information visualization by BBC
This info-graphic shows which candidate is spending how much in each state in advertising. Looks like Obama beat McCain hands down in most states as far as ad spending is concerned.
This visualization by CNN shows us how many times each candidate has visited each of the 50 states since the campaign has began. You can see that swing states have attracted unusually large amounts visits compared pre-decided states.
This stacked chart shows how much each candidate has given preference to the various issues like health care, taxation etc.
Visualizations on 2008 US Presidential Elections – Projections & Polls
Primaries & Caucuses
This interactive visualization takes a look at the speeches made during primaries and caucuses and tells us who is naming who.
This brilliant visualization provides very good analysis of how people voted in democratic primaries.
Visualizations on Trivia & Fun Facts
The height and weight of presidential candidates since the 1896.
Who is searched more? Obama or McCain, now you can find it with Google Search Insights
Compare quotations made by candidates on various issues.
Amazon plots their book sales data to show which states are reading what wrt. political orientation.
This interactive chart shows the life of each president and when he became the White house inhabitant. A fun way to look at who got the opportunity very early and who waited long.
Can Halloween mask sales predict who is going to be next president. Amazon has built a meter for us to track who is selling more masks – Obama or McCain. Looks like Obama is leading here.
Want to findout more about party head quarters in each city / state? This google maps application is perfect for trivia mongers.
Visualizations on Other Politics
The NY Times interactive graphic tells the story behind the initial NO vote for the $ 700 Bn bailout package.
Another look at how both republicans and democrats voted in 2007, you can see why McCain calls him self a maverick. He is the only one not connected to the republican network.
This graph shows US National Debt by in years since 1975. The bars are colored based on the ruling political party at that time.
Bonus Visualizations – For Fun
A humorous take by New Yorker on how Palin Sees the world form her home
PHD Comics takes a look at the irony of what each vote determines.
So which one(s) do you like better?