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Average Feeling Thermometer Toward Parties 1978-2012

  '78 '80 '82 '84 '86 '88 '90 '92 '94 '96 '98 '00 '02 '04 '08 '12
Democratic Party : 62 61 63 62 63 61 61 59 54 59 60 59 ** 58 57 51
Republican Party : 55 57 54 58 57 59 55 52 57 53 50 54 ** 54 48 44
Net Pro Dem. - Pro Rep. : 54 52 55 52 53 51 53 54 49 53 55 53 ** 53 55 54
Both Parties : 59 59 58 60 60 60 58 55 56 56 55 56 ** 56 54 48
'Parties in General' : ** 55 56 55 57 ** 53 ** 51 52 ** 53 ** ** ** **

PERCENTAGE WITHIN STUDY YEAR
Table 2B.2
Source: The American National Election Studies
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FOR EXPLANATION OF SCALE SEE NOTE BELOW

QUESTION TEXT:

"...using the thermometer how would you rate the following:"
(CARD OR RESPONDENT BOOKLET SHOWN TO R )


Graph of Average for:


Percent among demographic groups who responded:


 
 
NOTE: Thermometer scale 0-100 administered.
In the final Republican Party and the Democratic Party thermometer
data, scores of 97 to 100 are collapsed to 97.
The Net index (Pro Dem. - Pro Rep.) is constructed by subtracting the
Republican Party thermometer rating from the Democratic Party
thermometer rating, adding 100 to the difference, and then dividing
by 2.
The score for 'Both Parties' is produced by adding the Republican Party
and Democratic Party thermometer ratings and then dividing the sum by
2. All results are rounded to the nearest integer.

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

This question is variable VCF0218 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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