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Australian Election Study survey, 2001

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Conducted with a stratified systematic random sample of electors, this dataset consists of survey responses to the 2001 Australian Election Study. Electors surveyed were drawn from the Commonwealth Electoral Roll by the Australian Electoral Commission following the close of rolls for the 2001 election (October, 2001). Mode of data collection: self-completion (mail out, mail back). Type of file = NSDstat.

The 2001 Australian Election Study survey is the sixth in a series of surveys (beginning in 1987) that were timed to coincide with Australian Federal elections. As well as a long-term perspective on stability and change in the political attitudes and behaviour of the Australian electorate, the Study also aimed to investigate the changing social bases of Australian politics as the economy and society modernised and changed character. In addition to these long-term goals the surveys examined the political issues prevalent in the election and assessed their importance for the election result.

The survey covers 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, attitudes to a range of election issues including immigration, refugees and asylum seekers, terrorism, taxation, unemployment, and workers entitlements, attitudes to issues relating to the environment and defence, assessment of the current level of racial prejudice operating in Australia at the time, and opinions on various social policy issues including abortion, equal opportunities, sex discrimination, and government assistance to Aborigines. 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 data collection process was administered by Professor Clive Bean, Dr David Gow and Professor Ian McAllister.

Survey data may be accessed in a variety of data formats, including SPSS, Stata, DBase, Textfile and NSDstat.

Access rights

It is a citation requirement that all manuscripts based in whole or in part on these data should: (i) identify the data, original investigators and data distributors by including the bibliographic reference for the data file as Bean, C., Gow, D. and McAllister, I. Australian Election Study, 2001 [computer file]. Canberra: Australian Social Science Data Archive, The Australian National University, 2004; and (ii) declare that those who carried out the original analysis and collection of the data bear no responsibility for the further analysis or interpretation of them. Queries concerning rights and reproduction/re-use of the data should be directed to ada@anu.edu.au. Queries concerning the data should be directed to Professor Clive Bean at c.bean@qut.edu.au or by phoning +61 7 3138 4512.

Geographical area of data collection

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Research areas

International Relations
Australian Government and Politics
Political science
Economic policy
Social policy
Political parties
Racial discrimination

Cite this collection

Bean, Clive; Gow, David; McAllister, Ian, 2017, "Australian Election Study, 2001", doi:10.4225/87/CALXMK , ADA Dataverse, V1, UNF:6:8dudxHV83HO/5+itv3DNjA==

Related information

Australian Data Archive http://www.ada.edu.au/ada/home
Australian Election Study, Australian National University http://aes.anu.edu.au/
Dr David Gow, Senior Lecturer in Strategy (University of Queensland) - collaborator http://www.leithner.com.au/directors.php
Professor Ian McAllister, Distinguished Professor of Political Science (Australian National University) - collaborator https://researchers.anu.edu.au/researchers/mcallister-i

Data file types

SPSS, Stata, DBase, Textfile and NSDstat


© Australian National University, 2005.

Dates of data collection

From 2001-11-12 to 2002-04-05


Name: Clive Bean
Phone: +61 2 6125 2200
Fax: +61 2 6125 0627


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