The U.S. Electoral Compass is an interactive infographic from The Guardian. The infographic breaks down which political policy issues are most important to the people of each state. Select a state from the list and the compass will show you a list of which issues are discussed most frequently in news articles and in social media in that state. You can get data for every week from July 2 through November 12, 2012.
Applications for Education
The U.S. Electoral Compass could be a good source of conversation and research starters in a social studies class. You could have students discuss and research why some issues are more important in their state than they are in another.