Australian Election Study, 2010

The Australian Election Study (AES) is designed to collect data for 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 2010 AES is the ninth in a series beginning in 1987. It also builds on the 1967, 1969 and 1979 Australian Political Attitudes Surveys. The 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 current election and assess their importance for the election result. 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. The 2010 survey replicates many questions from previous AES surveys, but also introduces new questions regarding internet usage in election campaigns. Other sections cover the respondent's interest in the election campaign and politics, their past and present political affiliation, evaluation of parties and candidates, alignment with parties on various election issues, evaluation of the current economic situation, and attitudes to a range of election issues including; global warming; taxation; unemployment; health and Medicare; refugees and asylum seekers; and population policy. Opinions on social policy issues including abortion, equal opportunities, and Australia's security were also covered in the 2010 AES. Background variables include level of education, employment status, occupation, type of employer, position at workplace, trade union membership, sex, age, own and parents' country of birth, parents' political preferences, religion, marital status, income, and where applicable, the occupation, trade union membership and political preference of the respondent's spouse. The breakdown of the 2010 survey sections is as follows: Section A: The Election Campaign (16 questions) Section B: Party Preference and Voting (19 questions) Section C: Politicians and Government (14 questions) Section D: Election Issues (9 questions) Section E: Social Policy (8 questions) Section F: General Political Views (13 questions) Section G: Education and Work (8 questions) Section H: Personal Background (21 questions) The sample for this study was stratified, systematic and random. The 2010 AES is the first in the series to provide the option of completing the questionnaire via hardcopy or online via a unique password. Version 1.0 of this data published 24/12/10 had an inherent bias derived from the sample supplied by the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC). To address this bias a further survey was conducted in early 2011 to "top up" the Version 1.0 data. See the following link for more information: http://www.ada.edu.au/ada/01228 The 2010 AES data is available in a variety of formats including SPSS Portable, Stata v.8, Stata v.7, Nesstar Publisher, NSDstat, DIF, DBase, Textfile, Delimited, SAS and Comma Separated Value file. The data can be downloaded in a zipped folder together with documentation in pdf or xml format.
Type
Collection
Title
Australian Election Study, 2010
Collection Type
Dataset
Access Privileges
Australian Election Study
DOI - Digital Object Identifier
10.4225/13/50BBE77A54D78
Metadata Language
English
Data Language
English
Brief Description
The Australian Election Study (AES) is a national, post-election, self-completion survey which collects data on the political opinions and behaviour of the Australian public. Each survey 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
Full Description
The Australian Election Study (AES) is designed to collect data for 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 2010 AES is the ninth in a series beginning in 1987. It also builds on the 1967, 1969 and 1979 Australian Political Attitudes Surveys. The 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 current election and assess their importance for the election result. 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. The 2010 survey replicates many questions from previous AES surveys, but also introduces new questions regarding internet usage in election campaigns. Other sections cover the respondent's interest in the election campaign and politics, their past and present political affiliation, evaluation of parties and candidates, alignment with parties on various election issues, evaluation of the current economic situation, and attitudes to a range of election issues including; global warming; taxation; unemployment; health and Medicare; refugees and asylum seekers; and population policy. Opinions on social policy issues including abortion, equal opportunities, and Australia's security were also covered in the 2010 AES. Background variables include level of education, employment status, occupation, type of employer, position at workplace, trade union membership, sex, age, own and parents' country of birth, parents' political preferences, religion, marital status, income, and where applicable, the occupation, trade union membership and political preference of the respondent's spouse. The breakdown of the 2010 survey sections is as follows: Section A: The Election Campaign (16 questions) Section B: Party Preference and Voting (19 questions) Section C: Politicians and Government (14 questions) Section D: Election Issues (9 questions) Section E: Social Policy (8 questions) Section F: General Political Views (13 questions) Section G: Education and Work (8 questions) Section H: Personal Background (21 questions) The sample for this study was stratified, systematic and random. The 2010 AES is the first in the series to provide the option of completing the questionnaire via hardcopy or online via a unique password. Version 1.0 of this data published 24/12/10 had an inherent bias derived from the sample supplied by the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC). To address this bias a further survey was conducted in early 2011 to "top up" the Version 1.0 data. See the following link for more information: http://www.ada.edu.au/ada/01228 The 2010 AES data is available in a variety of formats including SPSS Portable, Stata v.8, Stata v.7, Nesstar Publisher, NSDstat, DIF, DBase, Textfile, Delimited, SAS and Comma Separated Value file. The data can be downloaded in a zipped folder together with documentation in pdf or xml format.
Contact Email
Ian.McAllister@anu.edu.au
Contact Address
School 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
Principal Investigator
Professor Ian McAllister
Collaborators
Clive Bean ; Rachel Kay Gibson ; Juliet Pietsch
Fields of Research
1606 - Political Science; 160601 - Australian Government and Politics
Socio-Economic Objective
9402 - Government and Politics
Keywords
Defence; Economic policy; Elections; Employment; Environment; International relations; National identity; Political parties; Politicians; Politics; Social issues; Social policy; Voting behaviour
Type of Research Activity
Pure basic research
Date Coverage
2010
2010
Time Period
2010
Geospatial Location
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Date of data creation
2010
Year of data publication
2011
Creator(s) for Citation
Ian
McAllister
Clive
Bean
Rachel Kay
Gibson
Juliet
Pietsch
Publisher for Citation
Australian Data Archive
Publications
uri
http://www.ada.edu.au/documents/aes-trends-pdf
Ian McAllister and Sarah Cameron. Trends in Australian Political Opinion: results from the Australian Election Study, 1987-2013. Canberra: The Australian National University. 2014.
Related Websites
http://aes.anu.edu.au/
Australian Election Study
http://ada.edu.au/ADAData/questionnaires/ADA.QUESTIONNAIRE.01228.pdf
2010 Australian Election Study questionnaire
http://ada.edu.au/ADAData/codebooks/ADA.CODEBOOK.01228.pdf
Australian Election Study 2010 codebook
http://aes.anu.edu.au/publications
Australian Election Study - related publications of interest
http://results.aec.gov.au/15508/Website/
2010 Federal Election results
http://www.ada.edu.au/social-science/browse/politics-and-elections/australian-election-study
Australian Data Archive catalog records
Access Rights
Conditions of access to the Australian Election Study data can be found at the following link: http://ada.anu.edu.au/ada/access-conditions The Australian Election Studies are "General Datasets" and therefore General user undertaking applies. The following is a link to the General Access Undertaking form: http://ada.anu.edu.au/documents/ada-general-undertaking-form
Retention Period
Indefinitely
Data Size
SPSS Portable 2,586 KB; Stata v.8 2,487 KB; Stata v.7 2,482 KB; Nesstar Publisher; NSDstat; DIF 2,623 KB; DBase 2,515 KB; Textfile 2,514 KB; Delimited 2,511 KB; SAS 2,536 KB; Comma Separated Value file 2,513 KB
Status: Published
Published to:
  • Australian National Data Service
  • Australian National University
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