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...

Comment Period is now closed

ANES is planning changes to race/ethnicity coding on the Cumulative Data File (CDF). A memo describing the variables on ANES Time Series studies was released on our new Online Commons. It describes the summaries on the CDF, discusses difficulties with these variables, and proposes versions of these variables for the next CDF update. Thank you to all who read the proposed changes and thank you for your interest in the ANES. You can still visit the Online Commons page to access the memo.

Full Release of Direct Democracy

The full release of the 2012 ANES Direct Democracy Study is now available from the Data Center. This full release includes corrections to the missing data codes and the inclusion of an ID variable which will allow the user to merge the 2012 ANES Direct Democracy data with the 2012 ANES Time Series data for respondents who completed both studies. In addition, the full release includes a fully updated User Guide as well as SAS, SPSS, and Stata syntax files. Read more and download documentation from the Direct Democracy Study Page.