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Politics is Too Complicated 1952-2012

  '52 '54 '56 '58 '60 '62 '64 '66 '68 '70 '72 '74 '76 '78 '80 '82 '84 '86 '88 '90 '92 '94 '96 '98 '00 '02 '04 '08 '12
Agree : 71 ** 64 ** 59 ** 67 69 71 73 74 72 71 72 70 ** 71 ** 70 66 66 65 63 73 60 ** ** 68 56
Disagree : 28 ** 36 ** 41 ** 32 27 29 26 26 26 27 26 28 ** 29 ** 21 24 27 25 28 20 32 ** ** 20 29
Neither : - ** - ** - ** - - - - - - - - - ** - ** 8 10 7 9 10 7 7 ** ** 11 16
Don't Know, Depends: 1 ** 0 ** 0 ** 1 4 0 1 0 1 2 2 2 ** 0 ** 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 ** ** 0 0
N   1779   1742   1900   1558 1289 1341 1502 2694 2500 2392 2288 1404   2239   1765 1963 2246 1768 1501 1278 1540     1044 2965

PERCENTAGE WITHIN STUDY YEAR
Table 5B.1
Source: The American National Election Studies
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QUESTION TEXT:

"'Sometimes politics and government seem so complicated that a person
like me can't really understand what's going on.'"


Graph of Response:


Percent among demographic groups who responded:

 
 
NOTE: The option 'Neither Agree Nor Disagree' was introduced in 1988
and has affected distributions.

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

This question is variable VCF0614 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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