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Average Feeling Thermometer Toward Congressional Candidates 1978-2012

  '78 '80 '82 '84 '86 '88 '90 '92 '94 '96 '98 '00 '02 '04 '08 '12
Democratic Candidate : 64 61 62 59 64 62 65 60 56 55 59 59 57 60 58 53
Republican Candidate : 62 60 59 57 58 57 59 54 58 57 57 58 58 58 56 53
Both Dem. & Rep. Cands. : 59 57 58 56 57 56 58 55 54 56 56 55 56 56 55 51
Incumbent Candidate : 68 65 65 62 66 65 66 61 60 60 61 62 60 65 60 49
Challenger Candidate : 53 52 54 50 22 49 53 50 52 50 53 52 53 51 58 56

PERCENTAGE WITHIN STUDY YEAR
Table 8A.1
Source: The American National Election Studies
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NOTE: This uses the 0-100 thermometer scores.
The score for 'Both Dem. & Rep. Cands' is produced by adding the
Republican and Democratic Congressional candidate thermometer ratings
and then dividing the sum by 2.
All results are rounded to the nearest integer.

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

This question is variable VCF0906 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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