What is ANES?

To serve the research needs of social scientists, teachers, students, policy makers and journalists, the ANES produces high quality data from its own surveys on voting, public opinion, and political participation.

ANES data enable researchers to better understand the theoretical and empirical foundations of national election outcomes. Central to this mission is the active involvement of the ANES research community in all phases of the project. Read More...

New Release of the Cumulative Data File

ANES is pleased to make available a new release of our Cumulative Data File. This release includes data from the 2012 study (with the exception of variables that require coding of open-ended responses). Race and ethnicity variables from the 2008 and 2012 studies are also being made available. A full and detailed review of the CDF respondent race variables is currently underway, which will result in new and better summary variables that will be added to the current release. We anticipate that addition later this year. That update will be announced on our website and via Twitter @electionstudies

You can read more about these and other modifications here. It is our hope that you will find that some of these modifications have made the CDF easier to use. Please let us know if you have any questions or comments.


Update to the ANES data archive

Data have been released for the Behavior Reporting Experiment which accompanied the 1994 Time Series Study during an identical field period. The experiment was conducted to test methods for reducing over-report of voter turnout and church attendance. In 10-minute interviews conducted with 700 respondents selected from voter registration lists, 4 versions of the questionnaire were administered containing different combinations of standard Time Series or experimental question wordings for turnout and church attendance. The actual turnout of each respondent was verified using official city registration and voting records.