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Power of the Federal Government 1964-2000

  '64 '66 '68 '70 '72 '74 '76 '78 '80 '82 '84 '86 '88 '90 '92 '94 '96 '98 '00
Govt. Not Too Strong : 36 27 30 33 27 ** 20 14 15 ** 22 ** 19 ** 17 ** ** ** 17
Govt. Too Powerful : 30 39 40 31 41 ** 49 43 49 ** 32 ** 33 ** 40 ** ** ** 39
Don't Know, No Interest: 34 34 29 36 32 ** 31 43 36 ** 46 ** 47 ** 43 ** ** ** 44
N   1569 1286 1552 1499 1318   2856 2276 1405   973   1772   2200       1540

PERCENTAGE WITHIN STUDY YEAR
Table 4A.1
Source: The American National Election Studies
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QUESTION TEXT:

"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)."
1964-1972: "Have you been interested enough in this to favor one side
over the other?"/ 1976-1992: "Do you have an opinion on this or not?"
ALL YEARS: (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?"


Graph of Response:


Percent among demographic groups who responded:

 
 

This question is variable VCF0829 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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