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2020-2022 Social Media Study

About the Dataset

  • ANES Special Study
  • Sample: probability online panel
  • Completions: 5750 2020 pre-election, 5277 2020 post-election, 4118 2022 post-election
  • Mode: Internet
  • Weights: weighed analysis is recommended

Study Content Highlights:

The ANES 2020-2022 Social Media Study includes a two-wave pre- and post-election study of the 2020 presidential election, and a third wave following the 2022 midterm elections. The study uses an established online survey panel maintained by NORC at the University of Chicago.

The three questionnaires have largely the same content, affording repeated measures of the same constructs. The questionnaire covers voter turnout and candidate choice in the 2020 presidential primaries and general election, the coronavirus pandemic, the economy, feeling thermometers, feelings about how things are going in the country, trust in institutions, political knowledge and misinformation, political participation, political stereotyping, political diversity of social networks, and campaign/policy issues including health insurance, immigration, guns, and climate change.

Additional Data

The ANES 2020-2022 Social Media Study allows direct linkage of survey responses with data from participants’ Facebook accounts. Access to the Facebook data is through a restricted access process that requires authorization from the IRB at the data analyst’s home institution. The user guide and codebook for that dataset are available for download from this page.  The Facebook dataset can be applied for through our restricted data process, here: