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Politics: Data and Statistics: Election Studies

International Election Studies

  • 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.
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