The 1990 Australian Election Study

Activity TypeProject
Access PrivilegesAustralian Election Study
TitleThe 1990 Australian Election Study
Alternate TitleAustralian Election Study 1990
Funding BodyThe Australian National University
Date activity began1990
Date the activity ended1990
Brief DescriptionThe Australian Election Study (AES) is based on a national, post-election, self-completion survey which collects data on the Australian public. It aims to provide long-term perspective on political attitudes and behaviour, investigate the changing social bases of the electorate, and examine prevalent election issues.

Full DescriptionThe Australian Election Study (AES) is designed to collect data for academic research on Australian public opinion and behaviour during federal elections. It is based on a national, post-election, self-completion survey consisting mainly of multiple choice questions. The survey has been carried out since 1987, and builds on the data collected earlier in the 1967, 1969 and 1979 Australian Political Attitudes Surveys.

The AES aims to provide a long-term perspective on stability and change in the political attitudes and behaviour of the Australian electorate, to investigate the changing social bases of Australian politics as the economy and society modernise and change character, and to examine the political issues prevalent in the election and assess their importance for election results.

In some cases, questions are repeated in each survey so that trends can be observed over a long period of time. However, in each survey there are always new sets of questions or modules added to gauge public opinion on contemporary social and political issues in Australia.

For the 1990 study, The Australian Electoral Office provided a systematic random sample of electors from its computerised electoral role. The sample of 3277 electors was made by selecting 1 in 2989 from the roll, distributed proportionately across States and Territories and Electoral Divisions, excluding South Australia. A supplementary sample of 330 cases was selected manually from the alphabetical microfiche list of electors in South Australia, again using the sample fraction of 1 in 2989 persons.

Contact AddressSchool of Politics and International Relations
Research School of Social Sciences
Building 22, Haydon-Allen Building
The Australian National University
ACT 0200 Australia
Contact Phone Number+61 (0)2 6125 5553
Contact Fax Number+61 (0)2 6125 3051
Website Address
Fields of Research1606 - Political Science
160601 - Australian Government and Politics
Socio-Economic Objective9402 - Government and Politics
Economic policy
Industrial relations
Political parties
Public opinion
Social issues
Social policy
Voting behaviour
Type of Research ActivityPure basic research

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Uniform Resource Identifier
Identifier Value
Publication Reference
Ian McAllister and Sarah Cameron. Trends in Australian Political Opinion: results from the Australian Election Study, 1987-2013. Canberra: The Australian National University. 2014.

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International Standard Book Number
Identifier Value
Publication Reference
Bean, Clive et al. ed. The Greening of Australian Politics: the 1990 Federal Election. Melbourne: Longman Cheshire, 1990.

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URLTitle Election Study used in the 1990 Australian Electoral Study survey Election Study Australian Election Study: An Overview by Ian McAllister Election Study Codebooks Data Archive catalog records
Status: Published
Published To:
- Australian National Data Service
- Australian National University
Identifier: anudc:4858
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