Launch of Australian Election Study Interactive Data

Professor Ian McAllister and Dr Sarah Cameron have launched an interactive online tool to explore the Australian Election Study (AES) data from 1987 to 2016. The tool shows trends in Australian political opinion over time, and enables the user to explore these trends by age group, gender, education level, and vote choice. Almost 100 charts are included, covering citizen attitudes towards: the election campaign; voting and partisanship; election issues; the economy; politics and political parties; the left-right dimension; the political leaders; democracy and institutions; trade unions, business and wealth; social issues; and defence and foreign affairs. The online tool is intended as a resource for those who teach, research, and study Australian politics, as well as journalists and members of the public. The tool was produced with support from Small Multiples.

To explore the data see here.

Senate Occasional Lecture Series, 25 August 2017

Professor Ian McAllister and Sarah Cameron of the ANU School of Politics and International Relations will deliver a talk, ‘Trust, Parties and Leaders: Findings from the 1987-2016 Australian Election Study’, for the Senate Occasional Lecture Series on the 25th of August, 2017 at Parliament House.

Drawing upon Australian Election Study surveys fielded after every election over the past thirty years, this lecture will provide an analysis of voter opinion in three areas: 1) trust in politics and attitudes towards democracy; 2) assessments of the political parties; and 3) perceptions of the political leaders. The lecture will shed light on why we are witnessing dramatic declines in public satisfaction with democracy in Australia and will conclude with some proposals for political reform.

For more information on the event see here.

A copy of the presentation can be downloaded here.

Joint Quantitative Political Science Conference for Asia and Australasia

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

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

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.