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Approval of Performance of Congress 1980-2012

  '80 '82 '84 '86 '88 '90 '92 '94 '96 '98 '00 '02 '04 '08 '12
Approve : 34 34 53 44 52 36 28 32 46 48 52 64 46 26 21
Disapprove: 48 49 35 38 34 55 63 60 47 43 33 34 40 63 74
Don't Know: 18 17 12 18 14 9 9 8 8 9 15 2 14 11 5
N   1401 1417 1926 2169 1769 1972 2243 1789 1700 1269 1796 1458 1211 2309 5851

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

"Do you approve or disapprove of the way the U.S. Congress has
been handling its job?"


Graph of Response:


Percent among demographic groups who responded:

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

For 2012, the 'Don't Know/Other' category represents face-to-face
Don't Know cases only (in the 2012 Web instrument, a Don't Know
category was not present).

This question is variable VCF0992 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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