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Respondent's Financial Situation Over the Last Year 1962-2012

  '62 '64 '66 '68 '70 '72 '74 '76 '78 '80 '82 '84 '86 '88 '90 '92 '94 '96 '98 '00 '02 '04 '08 '12
Gotten Better: 34 ** 35 34 31 36 28 34 34 32 30 43 40 42 39 30 39 46 52 33 24 43 32 46
Stayed Same : 47 ** 39 47 34 42 31 35 29 25 32 29 33 33 29 35 33 29 27 55 50 25 18 8
Gotten Worse : 19 ** 26 20 34 23 41 31 36 42 38 28 27 25 32 35 28 25 21 12 26 32 50 46
N   1279   1271 1316 893 972 2481 2828 2256 1593 1404 2216 2166 2025 1962 2474 1780 1706 1279 1674 1500 1203 2307 5853

PERCENTAGE WITHIN STUDY YEAR
Table 4E.3
Source: The American National Election Studies
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QUESTION TEXT:

1962-1998,2004: "We are interested in how people are getting along
financially these days.
Would you say that (1962,1966-1974: you [and your family]; 1976 and
later: you [and your family living here]) are better off or worse off
financially than you were a year ago."
2000-2002: "We are interested in how people are getting along financially
these days. Would you say that you (and your family [2000 FACE-TO-FACE
ONLY: living here]) are better off, worse off, or just about the same
financially as you were a year ago?"


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 face-to-face instrument, 'the same' was a volunteered
response. In the 2012 Web instrument, 'the same' did not appear
onscreen as an available category.

This question is variable VCF0880 in the ANES Cumulative Data File dataset.
Consult the Cumulative Data File codebook for complete question text and annotation.
Weight variable VCF0010z was used to produce this table (see weight documentation)

(Table generated: 11NOV15)


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