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Average Feeling Thermometer Toward Liberals and Conservatives 1964-2012

  '64 '66 '68 '70 '72 '74 '76 '78 '80 '82 '84 '86 '88 '90 '92 '94 '96 '98 '00 '02 '04 '08 '12
Liberals : 53 50 51 43 54 54 52 ** 52 46 56 53 52 55 51 50 52 52 54 51 55 55 47
Conservatives : 57 56 57 53 61 61 59 ** 62 53 60 58 61 60 56 61 60 56 59 58 61 60 54

PERCENTAGE WITHIN STUDY YEAR
Table 3.2
Source: The American National Election Studies
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NOTE: This index is constructed from the 0-100 thermometer scores for
liberals and conservatives. In the final thermometer data, scores
of 97 to 100 are collapsed to 97.
The calculation for this index is the following: first, the
rating for liberals is subtracted from 97, and that difference is
added to the value of the rating for conservatives. This sum is then
divided by 2, and the result is rounded to the nearest integer.

In 1964, 1966 and 1968, DK was scored as 50.

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

This question is variable VCF0211 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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