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...

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 that completed both surveys. 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.

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.