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Welcome to the home of the Australian Election Study

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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 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).

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 Australian National Political Attitudes Surveys run in 1967, 1969 and 1979.




AES 2013 data now available

The data from the Australian Election Study 2013 are now available for online analysis and download from the Australian Data Archive. Details on how to access the data are available from the AES2013 information page.


Trends in Australian Political Opinion 1987-2013 released today

The new edition of the "Trends in Australian Political Opinion " report, incorporating the latest results from the 2013 Australian Election Survey, is now available from the AES Publications section.


The Australian Voter: 50 Years of Change

Australia has seen profound changes in politics over the past half century. A new book 'The Australian Voter: 50 Years of Change' by Professor Ian McAllister charts these changes from the perspective of the ordinary voter, using the Australian Election Study. 


AES 2010 data now available

The AES data for the 2010 election survey is now available at the Australian Social Science Data Archives



Australian Election Study Workshop

Friday, 21st February 2014 - 2:00pm - Saturday, 22nd February 2014 - 12:30pm

Political opinion polls are an inescapable part of everyday life. Government or opposition policies rarely see the light of day without some poll evidence to gauge the public’s response to them. Party leaders are constantly evaluated against...

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Updated: 20 February 2014/ Responsible Officer:  Head of School / Page Contact:  Web Publisher