Federal Study Participant Information

Participant Information

The study began with an initial questionnaire in June 2018. If you sign up now, you will get a “catch-up” survey with the important questions from the previous surveys. Each month that survey gets longer, so it is best to join the panel earlier rather than later.

After you complete the sign up form, you will receive an invitation email with a link to your catch-up survey.

Each month until the election is called you will receive an additional survey to keep track of what you are thinking and to stay in touch. We also ask different questions each month to explore different aspects of Australian voting and elections, and to keep it interesting.

Once the federal election has been called, a weekly survey will be administered each Thursday focusing on who you are intending to vote for, what political conversations you have had, and what political news or campaign material you have been exposed to. For each survey, you will receive a new invitation email with a unique link. No new participants will be able to sign up to the panel once the election has been called.

On the Thursday before election day most people will receive an invitation to participate in an exit poll type survey that will ask you who you actually voted for.

One final survey two weeks after the election will ask you to reflect back on the election campaign as a whole.

Time Commitment

The first survey is the longest one, the current catch-up survey takes about 45 minutes to complete. The following questionnaires will be shorter, most people get through them in 10 minutes, but the amount of time will vary greatly depending on how much your have engaged with the campaign, and other factors such as if you have changed who you are intending to vote for, or if you like to write a lot in the comment boxes.

The minimum number of questionnaires you will be given to answer is 7. The maximum will depend on when the election is called, and whether it is a 5 or 6 week campaign. The latest possibility of a May 2019 election would see those who began in June answer 15 or 16 questionnaires, but in that eventuality we’ll make some of the questionnaires much shorter.

Your total time commitment across the entire study is estimated at 4 hours; up to 5 hours in the event of a May 2019 election. This includes allowing some additional time here and there for comments or longer answers that you might like to make.

We do appreciate your time is important, and by participating in this study we thank you for giving us a great deal of your time. Some questionnaires will give you the option to end the questionnaire early if you are busy. If you miss a questionnaire, that’s ok too, just rejoin us for the next one.