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Government Services and Spending 1982-2012

  '82 '84 '86 '88 '90 '92 '94 '96 '98 '00 '02 '04 '08 '12
Cut Services/Spending 1 : 9 6 5 5 4 5 9 6 6 4 ** 4 6 8
2 : 10 9 6 8 6 8 11 10 8 5 ** 6 8 13
3 : 13 13 13 13 12 13 16 15 12 9 ** 10 10 16
4 : 23 26 25 23 24 26 24 25 26 25 ** 23 20 24
5 : 11 14 17 14 15 15 16 15 16 18 ** 19 19 16
6 : 6 8 12 10 11 8 6 7 13 11 ** 12 11 6
More Services/Spending 7: 7 7 12 7 11 7 5 5 11 10 ** 12 11 5
DK, Haven't Thought : 20 16 9 20 17 19 13 16 9 17 ** 14 16 11
N   1404 2229 2168 2031 1962 2483 1773 1711 1281 980   1212 1169 5907

PERCENTAGE WITHIN STUDY YEAR
Table 4A.5
Source: The American National Election Studies
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QUESTION TEXT:

"Some people think the government should provide fewer services, even
in areas such as health and education, in order to reduce spending.
Other people feel that it is important for the government to provide
many more services even if it means an increase in spending."
"Where would you place yourself on this scale, or haven't you thought
much about this?" (7-POINT SCALE SHOWN TO R)


Graph of Response:


Percent among demographic groups who responded:

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

In the 2012 Web instrument, Don't Know was not present as an
onscreen categories for Internet, however Haven't Thought Much
about it was a response option for both modes.

This question is variable VCF0839 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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