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January 10, 2007

Dear ANES User Community,

An advance release of the 2006 ANES Pilot Study dataset and documentation is now available for download from the ANES website.

The 2006 dataset is being released more quickly than ever before so that users will be able to evaluate the effectiveness of the new Pilot Study questions in time to decide whether to propose them for inclusion on the upcoming 2008-2009 ANES Panel Study. The deadline for proposing questions for the 2008-2009 ANES Panel Study is January 31, which is only three weeks from now. For more information about posting a proposal, please visit the ANES Online Commons at this location: http://www.electionstudies.org/onlinecommons.htm

To download the 2006 ANES Pilot Study dataset, or to visit the study page and learn more about the survey, please visit our Data Center at: http://www.electionstudies.org/studypages/download/datacenter.htm
...The 2006 ANES Pilot study appears in the blue box to the left of the page, just under the ANES Cumulative Data File.

If you have questions, or if we can be of assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us by email to: anes@electionstudies.org

IMPORTANT NOTE: The dataset and all accompanying documentation currently available for the 2006 ANES Pilot Study are an "Advance Release". The Advance Release is primarily intended for only a few particular, limited applications. Before analyzing the data, it is very important for users to understand how an Advance Release differs from a Full Release of an ANES dataset. Please refer to the Advance Release codebook introduction for more information.

Best wishes,
-Dave
David Howell
Director of Studies
American National Election Studies (ANES; http://www.electionstudies.org)