What Is Real Clear Politics?


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RealClearPolitics, or RCP, is a website that aggregates political news and polling data. RCP also employs a staff of experienced journalists to create original reporting and analysis from Washington and the campaign trail. Former options trader John McIntyre and former advertising agency account executive Tom Bevan started the non-partisan site in 2000 to give its readers reporting, commentary and analysis from all sides of the issues it covers.

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RealClearPolitics gathers content from a wide variety of sources, locations and political persuasions. Stories from a national publication such as the Washington Post, for example, may appear alongside a piece from a small regional paper, and a story from a traditionally liberal publication may be paired with one from a conservative source.

RealClearPolitics is also known for its RCP Poll Average, which aggregates polls for presidential and congressional races. The results of the RCP Poll Average are used in Bloomberg terminals, and political campaigns have cited the figures in their literature. The aggregated polls are also reported by news organizations such as The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Financial Times, CNN and USA Today.

As of 2015, RealClearPolitics has an average of 5.9 million unique visitors each month, 79 percent of whom visit the site daily and spend an average of 10 minutes reading articles and headlines.

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