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Approval of Congressperson Running for Re-Election 1980-2012

  '80 '82 '84 '86 '88 '90 '92 '94 '96 '98 '00 '02 '04 '08 '12
Approve : 57 52 69 59 66 64 62 59 66 61 58 ** 61 52 61
Disapprove: 8 8 9 8 7 11 12 13 14 12 11 ** 11 19 30
Don't Know: 34 40 22 33 28 26 26 28 20 27 31 ** 29 29 10
N   1296 1237 1752 1987 1662 1778 1578 1491 1335 1129 1412   977 1797 3127

PERCENTAGE WITHIN STUDY YEAR
Table 8A.3
Source: The American National Election Studies
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QUESTION TEXT:

"In general, do you approve or disapprove of the way {running U.S.
House incumbent Representative} has been handling his/her job?"


Graph of Response:


Percent among demographic groups who responded:

 
 
NOTE: If the U.S. House representative in R's district was NOT running for
re-election (i.e., was 'retiring'), then this question does not apply.
The 1982 data set included 2 sets of approval vars for 2 running
incumbents due to redistricting in two Congressional districts (19
cases); for this year, the incumbent who represented R's sampling
location BEFORE the 1982 redistricting has been considered R's
'incumbent.'
For 1992 redistricted LA06, neither of 2 Republican 'incumbents'
had previously represented the geographic area and
are not included.

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

This question is variable VCF0991 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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