Australian Election Study, 2010

TitleAustralian Election Study, 2010
Collection TypeDataset
Access PrivilegesAustralian Election Study
DOI - Digital Object Identifier10.4225/13/50BBE77A54D78
Metadata LanguageEnglish
Data LanguageEnglish
Brief DescriptionThe 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 DescriptionThe 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:

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 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
Principal InvestigatorProfessor Ian McAllister
CollaboratorsClive Bean
Rachel Kay Gibson
Juliet Pietsch
Fields of Research1606 - Political Science
160601 - Australian Government and Politics
Socio-Economic Objective9402 - Government and Politics
Economic policy
International relations
National identity
Political parties
Social issues
Social policy
Voting behaviour
Type of Research ActivityPure basic research
Date Coverage
Date FromDate To
Time Period2010
Geospatial Location
Location TypeLocation Value
DCMI Box notation conformant with iso 19139name=Australia; northlimit=-9.221084; southlimit=-54.777218; westlimit=112.921454; eastlimit=159.105459
Date of data creation2010
Year of data publication2011
Creator(s) for Citation
Given NameSurname
Rachel KayGibson
Publisher for CitationAustralian Data Archive

Identifier Type
Uniform Resource Identifier
Identifier Value
Publication Title

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.

Related Websites
URLTitle Election Study Australian Election Study questionnaire Election Study 2010 codebook Election Study - related publications of interest Federal Election results Data Archive catalog records
Access RightsConditions of access to the Australian Election Study data can be found at the following link:

The Australian Election Studies are "General Datasets" and therefore General user undertaking applies. The following is a link to the General Access Undertaking form:

Retention PeriodIndefinitely
Data SizeSPSS 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
Identifier: anudc:3331
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