Australian Election Study

The Australian Election Study is the leading study of political attitudes and behaviour in Australia. The study has surveyed voters for 35 years, since 1987, providing an unparalleled source of evidence on voter attitudes towards politics in Australia. The AES provides insights into what explains voters’ choices in elections as well as public opinion on a range of policy issues. In addition to providing a long-term perspective on stability and change in the Australian electorate, the AES examines the issues and personalities in each election and evaluates their importance in shaping election results.

The Australian Election Study survey is directed by Professor Ian McAllister (Australian National University) and the AES team.

AES data holdings

The AES data is available through the Australian Data Archive’s Dataverse platform:

Additional information and resources are available through the official Australian Election Study website: