Welcome to the ANES

The American National Election Studies serves the research needs of social scientists, teachers, students, policy makers and journalists. We produce high quality data from our surveys on voting, public opinion, and political participation. Central to this mission is the active involvement of the ANES research community in all phases of the project.

Welcome to ANES

The American National Election Studies serves the research needs of social scientists, teachers, students, policy makers and journalists. We produce high quality data from our surveys on voting, public opinion, and political participation. Central to this mission is the active involvement of the ANES research community in all phases of the project.

Updated Continuity Guide

The Continuity Guide offers a comprehensive list of questions, organized thematically, that appear in ANES Time Series surveys from 1992 to 2016. For each item, the Guide also indicates every year in which an identical or very similar question appeared in the Time Series, as far back as 1952.

Check out the Continuity Guide >>

New 2018 Pilot Study Release

The ANES 2018 Pilot Study was conducted for the purpose of testing new questions and conducting methodological research to inform the design of the ANES 2020 Time Series study, and to provide public opinion data following the 2018 midterm elections. An Auxiliary File is also available from the Data Center >>

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Latest 2016 Time Series Release

This release includes religion and Hispanic origin summary variables, candidates and races, coded versions of the Most Important Problem questions have been included, among other things. You can read the additions on the 2016 Time Series Updates & Errata page.

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Latest CDF Release

This release includes remaining 2016 data which were previously not available for inclusion in the CDF, including data for some post-election thermometers, paradata variables, candidate and typerace variables and interviewer description variables, among others.
2016 full religion coding and summary religion coding have also been included. 

 

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ANES in the News

Researchers and analysts utilize ANES data to assess current events and identify trends in the behavior and attitudes of the electorate. Many papers concerning the 2016 campaigns and elections have already been produced as a result of research employing recent ANES data. We work to update The ANES Biblography with new citations as much as possible and currently have over 7,000 citations from citations from books, books chapters, journal articles, conferences and more.

 

You can submit your citation online>>

Search Tool Updated

The tool now contains questions from 1948 through 2016, allows for Boolean searches, produces an interactive visualization of the results, and the results can be sorted by column.  The search results show the question text (and the codebook record if available) that matches the search keywords. The variable summary page is now available for the surveys between 1992 and 2016.

More improvements are planned so we’d love to have your feedback.

Search for a question now >>

 

Add your citations to the Bibliography

We’re working hard to keep this resource updated. If you’ve published a paper or presented at a conference, please consider submitting your work. This helps us as well as students and teachers.

Browse the ANES Bibliography  >>

ANES in the News

Researchers and analysts utilize ANES data to assess current events and identify trends in the behavior and attitudes of the electorate. Many papers concerning the 2016 campaigns and electionshave already been produced as a result of research emplying recent ANES data. We work to update The ANES Biblography with new citations as much as possible and currently have over 7,000 citations from citations from books, books chapters, journal articles, conferences and more

Read more  >>

History of ANES

“In 1948, under the direction of Angus Campbell and Robert Kahn, the Survey Research Center (SRC) at the University of Michigan, with financial support from the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), carried out what it viewed as a pilot study of the national electorate…This study interviewed 577 respondents…With its use of area probability sampling for a national sample and with its focus on political behavior, the study provided an important pilot for the future…Read more from “The Michigan, then National, then American National Election Studies ,” by Nancy Burns (2006).