The Australian Election Studies
The Australian Election Studies aim to provide a long-term perspective on stability and change in the political attitudes and behaviour of the Australian electorate, and investigate the changing social bases of Australian politics as the economy and society modernise and change character. In addition to these long-term goals they examine the political issues prevalent in the election and assess their importance for the election result. The studies have been running as a series of surveys beginning in 1987 that have been timed to coincide with Australian Federal elections. The series also builds on the 1967, 1969 and 1979 Australian Political Attitudes Surveys.
The Australian Election Study survey is directed by Professor Ian McAllister (Australian National University), Dr Juliet Pietsch (Australian National University), Professor Clive Bean (Queensland University of Technology) and Professor Rachel Gibson (University of Leicester).
AES data holdings
The series now includes studies of the elections of 1987, 1990, 1993, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007 and 2010. Each study in the series includes two separate surveys:
- The Australian Election Study - a sample of Australian voters drawn from the Australian electoral roll
- The Australian Candidate Study - a survey of the candidates who stood for office during the election
ADA currently holds the following waves of the Australian Election and Candidate Studies. (Note: the Australian Candidate Study was not conducted in 1998).
|Year||Australian Election Study||AES Questionnaire||Australian Candidate Study||ACS Questionnaire|
|1987||00445||Zipped PDF||General: 00479-p||Zipped PDF|
|Restricted: 00479-emb||Zipped PDF|
|1990||00570||Zipped PDF||00571-pub||Zipped PDF|
|1993||00763||Zipped PDF||00764-pub||Zipped PDF|
|1996||00943||Zipped PDF||00944-pub||Zipped PDF|
|1998||01001||Zipped PDF||Not conducted||Not applicable|
|Zipped PDF||01049||Zipped PDF|
|Online: 01052||Zipped PDF|
Online + Mail combined:
See online and mail - Concordance
is detailed in Notes (Zipped PDF).
|2004||Mail: 01079||Zipped PDF||01081||Zipped PDF|
|2007||01120||Zipped PDF||General: 01128||Zipped PDF|
|Restricted: 01128-r||Zipped PDF|
Version 1 (Mail): PDF
Version 2 (Online): PDF
|2013||01259||Coming soon||Coming soon|
Note: Restricted data available offline only can be requested by email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Content of the Australian Election Studies
Each of the AES and ACS surveys contains questions relating to the role of:
- Media and Media Exposure
- General Political Interest and Knowledge
- Perceptions of the Election Campaign
- Party Identification and Prior Voting History
- Parents' and Partner Partisanship
- Vote in the Election and Explanations for it
- Party Images
- Perceptions of the Major Party Leaders and the Content of their Public Images
- Election Issues
- Social Policy Issues
- Socio-demographic Measures