Project Summary

We propose to conduct a multi-method study on the determinants of political participation and vote choice in the 2020 presidential election. The study is, in part, a continuation of the pre-election/post-election data collection enterprise that dates back to the election of 1948 but is also intended to explore ways in which the American National Election Studies (ANES) can move in new directions. In particular, we are cognizant of changing social, economic, demographic and political conditions in American society, and the challenges - and opportunities - this implies for survey research in all of its modes.

We will collaborate with a partner organization to collect data via the internet, as we have in 2008, 2012, and 2016. The Michigan PIs and staff will conduct the 2020 pre-election/post-election face-to-face survey of a national probability sample of approximately 1,500 eligible adult citizens, measuring over 800 variables across two interviews (pre-election and post-election waves). Once the data is collected and reviewed, it will be made publicly available on our website. We also intend to work with other organizations to improve data availability, dissemination and archiving.




  • Ted Brader

Project Period

2018-09-15 - 2022-08-31