Thursday, November 20, 2008

ANES and Knowledge

As we gear up for post-election analyses, a reminder that one of the dominant data sets used by many scholars has a problem in how political knowledge was measured.

This report outlines some of the issues, how they've been dealt with, or how to correct for them in analysis. I blogged about this quite some time ago but it bears repeating since, soon, a new set of ANES data will be available for those wanting to study the 2008 presidential campaign. I'm convinced the new data release will be clean and address all the issues in this report.

No official word on when the ANES data will be available. They released an early version of the 2004 election data on Jan. 31, 2005 (early meaning no coding of the various open-ended questions). In April a more full version appeared. This excludes various errata, corrections, and other tweaks that happen along the way.

Get those SPSS engines tuned up and ready to rumble.
Scholars will use lots of other data, but political scientists in particular love the ANES surveys. Media scholars? Not so much. The media variables tend to be less compelling, but that's another post for another day.

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