The 2012 National Candidate Study is a nonpartisan, confidential research study jointly administered by Duke University, the University of Michigan, the University of California, Berkeley, and Sewanee: The University of the South.


The Study is an effort to understand the experiences and views of the remarkable people who run for public office in the United States.


If you have any questions, please email ncs2012@duke.edu or visit the Frequently Asked Questions page.


Thank you in advance for participating and for all that you do to help your community and our democracy.

Nicholas Carnes

Duke University

David Broockman

University of California, Berkeley

Melody Crowder-Meyer

Sewanee: The University of the South

Christopher Skovron

University of Michigan

Principal Investigators