- Comparative Study of Electoral Systems (CSES)
is a collaborative program of research among election study teams from
around the world. Participating countries include a common module of
survey questions in their post-election studies. The resulting data are
deposited along with voting, demographic, district and macro variables.
The studies are then merged into a single, free, public dataset for use
in comparative study and cross-level analysis. Alternative access: ICPSR.
Selected regional/country election studies:
- Australian Election Study
is a mail-back survey that asks Australian voters about their political
attitudes and behavior at the time of the Federal Election.
- Canada National Election Study
states that the main objective is to explain what makes people decide
to vote (or not to vote), and, if they do, what makes them decide to
support a given party or candidate, and why parties gain or lose ground
from one election to another. Alternative access: ICPSR.
- European Election Studies
are about electoral participation and voting behaviour in European
Parliament elections, but more than that. They are also concerned with
the evolution of an EU political community and a European public
sphere, with citizens' perceptions of and preferences about the EU
political regime, and with their evaluations of EU political
performance. Alternative access: UK Data Archive.
- Irish National Election Study
was conducted in the immediate aftermath of the General Election held
in June 2002. Funded by the Programme for Research in Third Level
Institutions of the Higher Education Authority, this is the first
full-scale election study to be conducted in Ireland. Available from
the Irish Social Science Data Archive.
- Israel National Election Studies
began in 1969. The two basic elements have been a pre-election survey
based on a national sample and an edited volume regarding major aspects
of the elections. The aim of the Israel National Election Studies is to
investigate voting patterns, public opinion, and political
participation in Israel.
- New Zealand Election Study
main source of data are questionnaires that are posted to randomly
selected registered electors across the country immediately following
each election. Questions focus on voting choices, political opinions,
and social and demographic characteristics.