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Which Party Had Most Members of Congress Before the Election 1958-2012

  '58 '60 '62 '64 '66 '68 '70 '72 '74 '76 '78 '80 '82 '84 '86 '88 '90 '92 '94 '96 '98 '00 '02 '04 '08 '12
Incorrect, Don't Know, No: 53 36 ** 36 31 30 50 36 ** 39 41 29 68 45 67 41 51 41 30 27 34 49 72 46 60 28
Correct : 47 64 ** 64 69 70 50 64 ** 61 59 71 32 55 33 59 49 59 70 73 66 51 28 54 40 72
N   1810 1826   1443 1285 1343 1503 1110   2394 2287 1405 1404 1934 2172 1774 1972 2251 1772 1504 1281 1544 1314 1061 2109 4739

PERCENTAGE WITHIN STUDY YEAR
Table 1C.1
Source: The American National Election Studies
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QUESTION TEXT:

1958-1968: "Do you happen to know which party had the most Congressmen
in Washington before the election this/last month?" (IF NECESSARY:)
"Which one?"
1970 and later: "Do you happen to know which party had the most members
in the House of Representatives in Washington before the elections
(this/last) month?" (IF NECESSARY:) "Which one?"


Graph of Response:


Percent among demographic groups who responded:

 
 
NOTE: 2012 data are for the combined (face-to-face and internet) sample.

In 2012, in a manner comparable to all preceding Time Series studies,
face-to-face respondents could reply with the name of the correct
party, the name of the incorrect party, or a response of Don't Know.
In the 2012 Web instrument, however, a Don't Know category was not present
(not appearing as an onscreen choice) for most survey questions.
For this question, many 2012 Internet Respondents who felt they did not
know the answer and who did not guess simply passed over the question
and are not represented in the valid data here. (Over 30 percent of
face-to-face respondents answered Don't Know.)

This question is variable VCF0729 in the ANES Cumulative Data File dataset.
Consult the Cumulative Data File codebook for complete question text and annotation.
Weight variable VCF0009z was used to produce this table (see weight documentation)

(Table generated: 11NOV15)


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