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.

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.

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Re-release: 2016 Time Series Study

The ANES 2016 Time Series data have been re-released with several additional variables, including occupation and industry codes, the timing of the respondent’s voting decision, interviewer observations about the dwelling units in the face-to-face sample, a summary score for “need to evaluate,” and reasons for non-registration to vote. Check out the study page or download data from the Data Center.

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Cumulative Data File Updated

A new version of the Cumulative Data File was released this past May. 2016 data have been incorporated except for several variables for which data are not yet final. Several corrections have been made to 2012 data. You can read more about this release on the CDF’s Updates & Errata pageĀ  >>

Guide to Public Opinion

The ANES Guide provides tables and graphs which display the over-time ebb and flow of public opinion, electoral behavior and choice. Data are from the ANES Time Series… >>

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 … >>

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…” >>

Check out this brief historical timeline