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Which Party More Likely to Favor a Strong Government 1964-2000

  '64 '66 '68 '70 '72 '74 '76 '78 '80 '82 '84 '86 '88 '90 '92 '94 '96 '98 '00
Democrats : 35 ** 30 ** 16 ** 19 15 23 ** 16 ** 12 ** 14 ** ** ** 23
No Difference : 19 ** 26 ** 32 ** 38 31 28 ** 27 ** 20 ** 28 ** ** ** 19
Republicans : 8 ** 12 ** 18 ** 10 10 13 ** 11 ** 13 ** 10 ** ** ** 9
Don't Know, No Interest: 38 ** 33 ** 34 ** 33 44 37 ** 46 ** 55 ** 48 ** ** ** 50
N   1565   1552   1261   2853 2274 1400   971   1512   1939       1297

PERCENTAGE WITHIN STUDY YEAR
Table 2B.7
Source: The American National Election Studies
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QUESTION TEXT:

ALL YEARS: "Which party do you think is more likely to favor a stronger
[1978,1980,1984: more powerful; 1988,1992: a powerful] government in
Washington -- the Democrats, the Republicans, or wouldn't there be any
difference between them on this?"


Graph of Response:


Percent among demographic groups who responded:

 
 
NOTE: THIS QUESTION IS PRECEDED BY THE FOLLOWING FILTERS:
INTRO, ALL YEARS: "Some people are afraid the government in
Washington is getting too powerful for the good of the country and the
individual person. Others feel that the government in Washington is
not getting too strong (1964,1966,1970: has not gotten too strong for
the good of the country)."
-1964,1968,1972,1976: "Have you been interested enough in this to
favor one side over the other?" (IF YES:) "What is your feeling, do
you think the government is getting too powerful or do you think the
government is not getting too strong?" (IF OPINION NOT DK:)....
-1978,1980,1984: "Have you been interested enough in this to
favor one side over the other?" (IF YES:)....
-1988,1992: "Have you been interested enough in this to.
favor one side over the other?" (IF YES:) "What is your feeling, do
you think the government is getting too powerful or do you think the
government is not getting too strong?" (IF OPINION IS THAT THE
GOVERNMENT IS GETTING TOO POWERFUL:)...
or:/(IF OPINION IS THAT THE GOVERNMENT IS NOT GETTING TOO STRONG:) "Do
you think the government should become more powerful or should it
stay the way it is?" (IF THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD BECOME MORE
POWERFUL:)...

This question is variable VCF0521A 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: 05NOV15)


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