Data Center

To download data for an ANES study, click on the study page from the lists below.

Learn more about our types of studies in the FAQ.

May 5, 2021

As for all of us, the past year brought new challenges for ANES. The 2020 Time Series study design required last-minute changes due to limitations on in-person interviewing. Furthermore, our Restricted-Use Data agreement does not allow working from home, preventing new applications from proceeding and halting the research of already-approved users.

These challenges led us to evaluate how we administer the ANES Restricted-Use Data Program altogether—not just how to adapt during the pandemic but also how to improve the user experience going forward.

To address these issues, we have arranged with the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) to administer our ANES Restricted-Use Data Program, effective immediately. ICPSR is a high-volume processor of data use agreements and has an efficient, streamlined procedure that meets or exceeds our standards for customer service and the protection of our survey respondents.

ICPSR will provide a Virtual Data Enclave (VDE) that will be the preferred method to access ANES Restricted-Use Data. The VDE is a location on a server hosted at the University of Michigan within which approved users can securely access and safely use their ANES Restricted-Use Data from anywhere with an Internet connection, including their home. This will eliminate the need for users to set up or access specialized, secure computing stations on their campus. The VDE includes a robust set of standard analytical software packages and the ability for the user to request the upload of additional datasets and files (i.e., to merge and analyze in conjunction with ANES data). ICPSR has a team to process applications, usually approving an application within 2 to 4 weeks, and they provide both technical and administrative support.

There are no fees to users for accessing ANES Restricted-Use Data. ANES and its associated funding organizations will cover all fees related to the application process, access to the VDE, and user support. Membership in ICPSR is not required to apply and use ANES Restricted-Use Data.

We anticipate that ICPSR will be ready to accept applications within approximately four weeks of this message and will update this page with additional information at that time.

Thank you for your patience during the pandemic and this transition period, and thank you for your support and use of the ANES.

Terms of Use

  • Use these datasets solely for research or statistical purposes and not for investigation of specific survey respondents.
  • Make no use of the identity of any survey respondent(s) discovered intentionally or inadvertently, and to advise ANES of any such discovery (anes@electionstudies.org)
  • Cite ANES data and documentation in your work that makes use of the data and documentation. Authors of publications based on ANES data should send citations of their published works to ANES for inclusion in our bibliography of related publications.
  • You acknowledge that the original collector of the data, ANES, and the relevant funding agency/agencies bear no responsibility for use of the data or for interpretations or inferences based upon such uses.
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