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Australian Data Archive

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

Mail: 01048

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
Supplementary sample:
Restricted: 01079-r        
2007 01120 Zipped PDF General: 01128 Zipped PDF
Restricted: 01128-r Zipped PDF
2010 01228

Version 1 (Mail): PDF

Version 2 (Online): PDF


Restricted file available on request

2013 01259 PDF


Restricted file available on request



 Note: Restricted data available offline only can be requested by email (


 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

Funding Partners

Collaboration Partners

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