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External Political Efficacy Index 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
Average Score on Index : 66 ** 72 ** 74 ** 67 63 57 58 55 54 52 51 53 52 63 45 49 35 51 33 38 42 46 61 47 38 36

PERCENTAGE WITHIN STUDY YEAR
Table 5B.4
Source: The American National Election Studies
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Percent among demographic groups who responded:


 
 
NOTE: The External Political Efficacy Index is constructed as follows:
Variable 613 (Table 5B.2) and variable 609 (Table 5B.3) are recoded:
Agree=0, Disagree=100, Neither=50.
These new scores are then totaled (Don't Know is not scored)
and the sum is divided by the number of valid responses. The result
is then rounded to the nearest integer.
The questions used are:
V613: "'People like me don't have any say about what the government
does.'" (RESPONSE OPTIONS READ OR SHOWN TO R)
V609: "'I don't think public officials care much what people like me
think.'" (RESPONSE OPTIONS READ OR SHOWN TO R)

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

This question is variable VCF0648 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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