Congratulations to Nicholas A Valentino and American National Election Studies (ANES) for receiving the AAPOR Policy Impact Award!

The AAPOR Policy Impact Award was developed to acknowledge that a key purpose of opinion and other survey research is to facilitate better-informed decisions. The award recognizes outstanding research that has had a clear impact on improving policy decisions, practice and discourse, either in the public or private sectors.

The American Association for Public Opinion Research recognizes the American National Election Studies (ANES) as the longest-running and most widely used and cited time series of public opinion and voting behavior data in the world. ANES is a collaboration of the University of Michigan and Stanford University, with Duke University and the University of Texas. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the study is a unique 75-year time series of nationally representative public opinion surveys conducted before and after every presidential election since 1948 and after most off-year congressional elections 1958-2006, using area- or address-based probability sampling and, primarily, face-to-face interviews.

Nicholas A. Valentino is a Professor of Political Science and Research Professor in the Center for Political Studies at the University of Michigan. He currently serves as a PI of the American National Election Studies (ANES). He was President of the International Society for Political Psychology from 2019-2020 and has served on the American National Election Studies Board since 2010, becoming Associate PI in 2018. Valentino specializes in political psychological approaches to understanding public opinion formation, socialization, information seeking, and electoral participation. His work employs experimental methods, surveys, and content analyses of political communication. The research has focused on the intersecting roles of racial attitudes and public emotions, especially the distinct power of anger versus fear. He has also written extensively on the causes and consequences of empathy for ethnic outgroups.