Australian Election Study News


Joint Quantitative Political Science Conference for Asia and Australasia

4 January 2017

Three initial analyses of the 2016 Australian Election Study data by ANU academics will be presented at the Joint Quantitative Political Science Conference for Asia and Australasia, University of Sydney, 9-11 January 2017.

In 'Gender Quotas in the 2016 Election' Dr Katrine Beauregard examines public support for the introduction of gender quotas to increase the proportion of women elected representatives in Australia.

In 'Moral Politics, Social Permissiveness and Voting in Australia' Dr Jill Sheppard uses the AES to evaluate public opinion on a range of moral issues, including same sex marriage, abortion rights, and drug liberalization.

Finally, in 'Party Positions and Patrimonial Economic Voting' Professors Timothy Hellwig and Ian McAllister evaluate the importance of economic assets in shaping the vote for the major political parties from 2001 to 2016, looking specifically at the role of party policies on the treatment of voters' assets.


Public Release of the 2016 Australian Election Study and Australian Candidate Study Surveys

20 December 2016

The 2016 Australian Election Study and Candidate Study surveys, conducted immediately following the July 2016 federal election, are now available. The full datasets for both surveys, together with the codebooks and other documentation, are available at The AES consists of 2,818 respondents nation-wide who were asked a wide range of questions about the election campaign, their vote in 2016 and voting history, the political leaders and political parties, and views of political, social and economic issues.


Launch of 2016 Trends in Australian Political Opinion Monograph

20 December 2016

A new edition of the Trends in Australian Political Opinion monograph, by Sarah M. Cameron and Ian McAllister, is now available. The monograph tracks trends in Australian political opinion from 1987 through to 2016 with data from the Australian Election Study. It covers 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; perceptions of the major party leaders; election issues; social policy issues; and more. Download Trends in Australian Political Opinion.