Sociology: Social Surveys

Where to find social surveys and opinion polls

Opinion Polls / Social Surveys/ Indicators

Australian Survey of Social Attitudes
The Australian Survey of Social Attitudes is Australia's major academic social survey, which includes modules for the International Social Survey Program (ISSP). The survey team include academics from Australian and overseas universities, and is responsible for fielding the World Values Survey in Australia. The team also publishes the biennial series on contemporary Australian society and policy, Australian Social Attitudes with the University of NSW Press.
The Australian Survey of Social Attitudes team also runs the World Value Survey module for Australia. The World Values Survey project conducts national surveys in around 90 countries every five years.

The recently released ‘My City: the people’s verdict 2013’ survey from the Property Council of Australia reveals that only 36 per cent of people think Australian cities have affordable housing
The survey results, which measured the ‘liveability’ of Australia's capital cities from the perspective of people who live in them, reinforce the awareness that housing affordability and housing stress are important issues for Australians.

Mapping of Social Cohesion Surveys

Monash University, in partnership with the Scanlon Foundation and the Australian Multicultural Foundation, is continuing to undertake a major Social Cohesion Research program. This research is focused on monitoring how Australia in the future can maintain the ‘immigration with social cohesion’ success story of the last 5 decades. The Scanlon Foundation surveys represent the most comprehensive surveying ever undertaken of Australian attitudes on social cohesion and immigration issues. Links to summaries and full text are available from this page

IPSOS Mackay Report-   SBS  Immigration Nation thought Leadership Research Final Summary Report .

An online survey measuring attitudes to immigration was conducted with n=1375 members of the general public aged 18 and over.   A review of the last 25 years of The Ipsos Mackay Report was conducted, with a particular focus on themes of immigration, immigrants, asylum seekers and multiculturalism.  The Ipsos Mackay Report is based on a non-directive, qualitative methodology because the attitudes and values it explores do not lend themselves to the more formal, structured techniques of the statistical, questionnaire-based survey.

The Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey (Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research)
The HILDA Survey is a household-based panel study which began in 2001. It collects information about economic and subjective well-being, labour market dynamics and family dynamics.

Economic and Social Indicators (Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research)
This page lists a number of social indicators published by the Institute.

Economic and Social Indicators: monitoring report
Australian Fair Pay Commission

Australian Social Trends / Social Indicators
Presents statistical analysis and commentary on a wide range of current social issues. representing the following broad areas of interest: population; families; health; education and training; work; income and housing. Each chapter is supported by a set of summary tables including key social indicators which provide an overview of social change over the past decade, as well as how social conditions differ across Australian States and Territories. A set of international tables also compares Australia with 18 other nations.

Australian Unity Wellbeing Index
Australian Unity, in partnership with the Australian Centre on Quality of Life at Deakin University, regularly measure how satisfied Australians are with their lives and life in Australia. It investigates satisfaction with economic, environmental and social conditions in Australia, as well as giving ongoing insights into our perceptions of individual wellbeing.

Fairfax Lateral Economics  The  Wellbeing Index  2014

Measuring wellbeing : The Herald/ Age lateral economics (Hale) index of Australia's wellbeing

1370.0 - Measures of Australia's Progress, 2013 

This publication is designed to help Australians address the question, 'Is life in Australia getting better?' Measures of Australia's Progress (MAP) provides a digestible selection of measures in answer to this question. Australians can use this evidence to form their own view of how our country is progressing.

General Social Survey (Australian Bureau of Statistics ABS 4102.0)
The General Social Survey presents data on a range of social dimensions of the Australian community, including aspects of social attachment and multiple advantage and disadvantage.

Morgan poll Finding  (Online) 1992-

Morgan gallup poll. Finding.Roy Morgan Research Centre. 1973 - 1992

Australian Gallup Polls - Morgan, 1941-1973

Australian opinion polls, 1941-1977 / Terence W. Beed ... [et al] Sydney : Hale & Iremonger & University of Sydney Sample Survey Centre-link to cat entry.

Australian opinion polls 1941-1990 : an index. Melbourne : D.W. Thorpe in association with the National Centre for Australian Studies, 1993.

Australian public opinion polls index, 1941-1968 / Murray Goot, Jaki Ilbery [Sydney] : Department of Government and Public Administration, University of Sydney, 1969.

The media : questions and answers : Australian surveys 1942-1980 / Henry Mayer, Pauline Garde, Sandra Gibbons. Sydney : George Allen & Unwin : Dept. of Government and the Sample Survey Centre, University of Sydney, 1983.

LSAY Longitudinal Surveys of Autralian Youth 

Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY) has been designed to increase understanding of key transitions and pathways in the lives of young people, particularly the transitions from compulsory schooling to further education and training, and the labour market.

General Deprivation Index for Australian cities (Griffith University)

Suburban scars: Australian cities and socio-economic deprivation
The index used in this report was first developed by Langlois and Kitchen (2001) for Montreal, Canada and subsequently used by Baum (2004) in an analysis of Sydney. The index uses multivariate analysis to construct a dimensional measure of socio-economic deprivation and as such provides a compliment to the existing range of instruments.

Australian Generations Oral History Project

This is the first major national project to investigate intergenerational dynamics and the impact of dramatic social, technological and environmental changes on the experiences and attitudes of succeeding Australian Generations. Publications radio programs etc resulting from Interviews available from this website

International Polls and surveys

Mass Observation Online
Mass Observation was a pioneering social research organisation founded in 1937 to record everyday life in Britain. This online resource contains primary material gathered by Mass Observation from 1937-1955, including diaries and questionnaires sent in by its panel of volunteers

Gallup Polls (US)      A-Z topic searching

Includes daily updated opinion polls on political and social issues in the US.

The General Social Survey
This is the major US Social Survey. The NORC General Social Survey is one of the most widely used and recognized social science surveys in the US. It has been conducted on a regular basis since 1972.

The International Social Survey Program
The ISSP is a continuing annual programme of cross-national collaboration on surveys covering topics important for social science research. It brings together pre-existing social science projects and coordinates research goals, thereby adding a cross-national, cross-cultural perspective to the individual national studies.

World Values Survey  
The World Values Survey is a worldwide investigation of sociocultural and political change. It is conducted by a network of social scientist at leading universities all around world.

Un Human Development Reports

The Human Development Report is an independent publication commissioned by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).The Human Development Report is “an independent intellectual exercise” and “an important tool for raising awareness about human development around the world


International Human Development Indicators

The human development data utilized in the preparation of the Human Development Index (HDI) and other composite indices featured in the Human Development Report are provided by a variety of public international sources and represent the best and most current statistics available for those indicators at the time of the preparation of this annual report.

OECD- Better Life Index

This Index allows you to compare well-being across countries, based on 11 topics the OECD has identified as essential, in the areas of material living conditions and quality of life.