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Condition of Nation's Economy Over the Last Year 1980-2012

  '80 '82 '84 '86 '88 '90 '92 '94 '96 '98 '00 '02 '04 '08 '12
Gotten Better: 4 12 43 24 19 4 5 35 38 47 39 5 24 2 29
Stayed Same : 13 18 33 42 50 22 23 38 45 38 44 23 31 7 35
Gotten Worse : 83 70 24 35 31 74 72 28 17 15 17 72 45 90 35
N   1580 1377 2156 2086 1956 1944 2458 1746 1698 1260 1788 1501 1196 2313 5870

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

"How about (1996-LATER: Now thinking about) the economy (1990,1994-
later: in the country as a whole)?"
ALL YEARS EXC.2000 EXPERIMENTAL VERSION:
"Would you say that over the past year the nation's economy has
gotten better, stayed (all yrs. exc 1984: about) the same or gotten
worse?"
2000 EXPERIMENTAL VERSION:
"Would you say that over the past year the nation's economy has gotten
worse, stayed about the same, or gotten better?"


Graph of Response:


Percent among demographic groups who responded:

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

This question is variable VCF0870 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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