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Australian Election Study survey, 2004

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Conducted with a stratified systematic random sample of electors, this dataset consists of survey responses to the 2004 Australian Election Study. Electors surveyed were drawn from the Commonwealth Electoral Roll by the Australian Electoral Commission following the close of rolls for the 2004 election (September, 2004). Name and address information only were supplied, to be used only for the 2004 study. Mode of data collection: self-completion (mail out, mail back). Type of file = NSDstat.

The 2004 Australian Election Study survey is the seventh 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 investigated 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 and original investigators by using the bibliographic reference to the data file (Bean, C. et al., Australian Election Study, 2004, [computer file]. Canberra: Australian Data Archive, The Australian National University, 2005.); (ii) acknowledge the Australian Social Science Data Archive and, where the data are made available through the Australian Social Science Data Archive by another archive, acknowledge that archive; and (iii) 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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Bean, Clive, McAllister, Ian, Gibson, Rachel, and Gow, David. (2005). Australian Election Study, 2004. User's Guide for the Machine-readable Data File. ASSDA Study 1079. Australian Social Science Data Archive. http://www.ada.edu.au/social-science/01079
Questionnaire used in the 2004 Australian Electoral Study survey http://www.ada.edu.au/social-science/01079
McAllister, Ian and Pietsch, Juliet. (2011). Trends in Australian Political Opinion - Results from the Australian Election Study, 1987 - 2010. Australian National University. http://aes.anu.edu.au/publications/aes-trends

Research areas

Economic policy
International Relations
Ethnic groups
Political parties
Social policy
Australian Government and Politics
Political science

Cite this collection

Bean, C. et al., Australian Election Study, 2004, [computer file]. Canberra: Australian Data Archive, The Australian National University, 2005.
Bean,Clive .(2005). Australian Election Study survey, 2004 .[Australian National University]. doi:10.4225/09/4FA9F76A2EF1D

Related information

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


© Australian National University, 2005.

Dates of data collection

From 2004-10-08 to 2005-02-15


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


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