Psephological pointers

I’ve posted recently on the importance of using individual-level data if you want to know about individual level trends (the alternative is falling for the ecological fallacy – assuming that you can learn something about how poor people vote from looking at poorer electorates).

Accessing the individual-level data isn’t as hard as it looks, thanks to the ASSDA’s Nesstar interface. It could be a lot faster, but it provides free access to the 2004 Australian Election Study, among others. So if you want to cross-tabulate (say) how old and young people get their political information, it’s pretty straightforward.

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