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Dear ANES user community,

We wanted to send you a reminder that there are only 50 days left to submit a proposal to include questions on the first waves of the 2008-2009 ANES Panel Study. The deadline for submitting proposals is January 31, to be followed by a short comment and revision period. The ANES Online Commons (OC) is the only method by which questions can be proposed for the study.

Panel data are appealing for studying elections, because one of the major interests of election analysts is change over time in individuals. Our plan for the ANES 2008-2009 Panel Study involves six ANES-based waves of interviewing with the same respondents, plus 15 additional secondary waves of data collection. The data collection will be conducted on the Internet with a nationally representative panel recruited specifically for this purpose. The first ANES wave of data will be collected in January 2008.

If you have not already visited the ANES OC, you can do so by visiting the following location on our website: http://www.electionstudies.org/onlinecommons.htm

We would also like to use this opportunity to announce that an advance release of data from the 2006 ANES Pilot Study will be available for download from the ANES website (www.electionstudies.org) no later than January 12, 2007. The advance release will contain all of the survey data, but with minimal data cleaning and few administrative or derivative variables. The timing of the release is so that analysts have a couple of weeks to evaluate the performance of Pilot Study questions in case they wish to propose that the questions should also appear on the Panel Study.

We are very excited about our ability to bring this opportunity to you. As of right now, the questionnaires are wide open. This is the largest opportunity in years to place questions on an ANES -- one this is likely to be used by scholars, students and journalists for decades to come! Don't be left out.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Sincerely,
Jon Krosnick and Arthur Lupia
Principal Investigators
American National Election Studies (ANES)

Additional information about the design and purpose of the 2008-2009 ANES Panel Study can be found on the Online Commons page. If you have questions that are not answered there, please send us an email to: anes@electionstudies.org