Tens of millions was spent on private opinion polling and data analysis this election cycle. This however did not deter the National Science Foundation (NSF) from awarding the University of Michigan and Stanford University a total of $2.3 million to do similar research as part of the "American National Election Studies (ANES)" project. Specifically, the grant intends to answer the question, "Why did America vote as it did on Election Day," and to determine "explanations of election outcomes by providing data." The grant will also go toward studying the 2012 national elections.
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