State Party Platforms Data

I receive a lot of requests for state party platforms. I have platforms from 2000 to 2016 available upon request. I am currently working on providing all of my coding for these years (and up through 2018) on this site for other researchers. Coming Soon (my original website at will stop functioning soon.

Obtaining and coding political texts can be difficult. While there are many automated content analysis methods available to researchers, there are widely acknowledged benefits to human-based coding. State political party platforms are an excellent data-source, but many researchers are often hesitant to use them because of the difficulty of collecting and coding the texts. So, I will provide as much of my coding as possible to help other researchers.

For the time being, I am providing all of my 2012 coding in two formats: the “cleaned” platforms txt files and the corresponding coding for each sentence in each platform in Excel. Here, I have taken the original document and cleaned it while preserving most text features (note: the text files are a little rough, but I chose to leave the text as close as possible to the original formatting, including headings, etc.). Each quasi-sentence is numbered. The text and Excel can be directly tied to the coding in terms of issue and ideology. There are 25 issues (see codebook below) and a five point ideology scale (-1 conservative to 1 liberal).

While anyone is free to download this data, I ask that users of the data posted here cite the work I have done. This coding was largely manual and without funding and took hundreds of hours. My hope is that other academics will be able to use this. For example, it may be a useful benchmark to compare automated topic models of state issue priorities to this human-based coding scheme.

Please let me know about any errors or inconsistencies. I will do my best to make corrections in these files as I want to make sure that these are as accurate as possible.

Citation for data:

Coffey, Daniel J. 2019. “State Party Platform Project.”

Recommended published citations:

Coffey, Daniel. 2014. “Federal Parties and Polarization.” in The State of the Parties, 7th ed. John C. Green,  Daniel J. Coffey and David Cohen eds. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, pp. 137-155.
DATA and Coding

Issues Codes:

  1. Budget/Taxes
  2. Economic Development/Trade
  3. Social Welfare
  4. Health Care
  5. Infrastructure
  6. Veterans
  7. Criminal Justice
  8. General Principles
  9. Immigration
  10. Civil Rights
  11. Gay Rights
  12. Abortion
  13. Gender (removed up through 2012 due to few sentences; now included under Civil Rights)
  14. Education
  15. Environment
  16. State-Local-Federal Sovereignty
  17. Cultural Development (Museums, eg)
  18. Campaign Finance
  19. Terrorism
  20. General Foreign Policy
  21. Party (often, internal party rules, etc)
  22. Civil Liberties
  23. Gun Control
  24. Drug Policy
  25. Voting Procedure/Rights
  26. Open Government

Overall Coding: 

2012 Platform Ideology

2012 Platform Issues

Individual States (I will  be adding more)

AZ DEM_2012

AZ GOP_2010

AR GOP_2012

AR DEM_2010

AL GOP_2012

AL DEM_2012

AK DEM_2012

AK 2012 GOP

CA GOP 2012

CO 2012 GOP

CT DEM 2012

DE DEM_2012

FL_DEM 2012

HI 2012 GOP

HI 2012 DEM

GA GOP 2012

GA DEM 2012

CO DEM 2012

CA DEM 2012

DE DEM 2012

DE DEM 2012