The ANES Guide to Public Opinion and Electoral Behavior

General Interest in Public Affairs 1960-2008

PERCENT AMONG DEMOGRAPHIC GROUPS WHO RESPONDED : "Some of the Time"

  '60 '62 '64 '66 '68 '70 '72 '74 '76 '78 '80 '82 '84 '86 '88 '90 '92 '94 '96 '98 '00 '02 '04 '06 '08
Males 46 45 42 28 31 ** 34 35 33 34 37 35 34 37 39 34 42 35 40 34 38 45 40 ** 35
Females 38 41 41 32 31 ** 37 36 31 33 33 35 38 33 35 32 41 34 38 39 34 40 43 ** 39
White non-Hispanic 43 43 41 30 30 ** 36 37 31 34 35 36 37 35 38 32 41 36 40 37 37 43 41 ** 37
Black non-Hispanic 29 39 45 32 35 ** 35 25 31 34 35 34 31 33 35 33 44 30 39 36 26 44 48 ** 38
Hispanic ** ** ** 38 29 ** 44 22 24 20 41 29 36 29 33 35 39 30 34 35 37 40 40 ** 36
Race oth/mult non-Hisp ** ** ** 25 25 ** 53 36 49 28 24 36 30 41 38 49 36 42 25 42 29 35 23 ** 51
Grade Sch./Some High Sch. 37 31 37 23 23 ** 31 29 25 26 27 29 28 26 28 24 31 26 27 24 24 25 50 ** 40
High School Diploma 43 42 43 31 32 ** 38 38 35 32 34 37 35 34 34 33 41 30 37 38 31 40 41 ** 37
Some College, no Degree 50 59 42 39 34 ** 40 39 32 39 33 37 41 39 42 36 46 43 41 37 39 49 41 ** 41
College Degree/ Post-grad 43 54 44 33 37 ** 32 34 28 40 43 34 40 35 41 34 40 36 42 36 42 41 40 ** 34
Income 0-16 Percentile 37 29 38 25 24 ** 32 27 23 26 27 37 30 29 25 28 37 31 34 33 24 ** 36 ** 41
Income 17-33 Percentile 37 45 43 23 27 ** 28 36 25 34 30 27 33 29 35 33 40 27 39 36 35 ** 41 ** 43
Income 34-67 Percentile 38 46 44 32 36 ** 40 39 36 34 35 40 35 38 39 37 43 34 39 37 38 ** 39 ** 35
Income 68-95 Percentile 46 52 42 34 33 ** 39 38 36 38 42 41 44 40 42 34 44 38 43 37 41 ** 42 ** 37
Income 96-100 Percentile 57 44 35 33 28 ** 27 28 26 36 28 21 43 24 42 33 41 43 41 37 37 ** 44 ** 30
Professionals 47 ** 39 ** 33 ** 31 36 30 39 40 35 38 35 41 35 42 37 42 33 41 ** 43 ** **
White Collar 44 ** 47 ** 34 ** 43 35 34 37 32 34 37 39 38 33 42 35 42 40 36 ** 42 ** **
Blue Collar 45 ** 40 ** 29 ** 37 37 32 29 33 36 34 32 33 33 41 34 34 36 33 ** 43 ** **
Unskilled 53 ** 50 ** 20 ** 34 46 38 39 30 44 43 33 31 28 41 31 23 38 20 ** 38 ** **
Farmers 36 ** 42 ** 33 ** 33 32 26 33 31 34 23 40 25 27 39 35 38 40 27 ** 28 ** **
Housewives 36 ** 41 ** 31 ** 35 34 31 32 32 36 39 33 42 32 40 32 42 40 31 ** 38 ** **
Union Households 40 ** 43 30 28 ** 40 37 35 33 35 36 39 38 41 32 44 36 38 36 39 35 44 ** 34
Non-Union Households 43 ** 41 30 32 ** 35 36 30 34 35 35 35 34 36 33 41 34 39 37 35 44 41 ** 38
South 40 36 45 30 27 ** 33 31 30 33 37 35 34 36 35 32 40 33 38 38 34 42 40 ** 36
Nonsouth 42 45 41 30 32 ** 37 38 32 34 34 36 37 34 38 34 42 36 40 36 36 42 42 ** 38
Born 1991 or later ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** **
Born 1975-1990 ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** 15 29 45 30 22 32 40 ** 37
Born 1959-1974 ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** 25 30 33 33 34 33 32 43 31 30 35 36 51 37 ** 34
Born 1943-1958 ** ** 33 36 37 ** 42 41 38 32 37 38 38 36 38 37 43 38 41 39 38 37 42 ** 39
Born 1927-1942 32 45 45 36 36 ** 39 39 33 37 36 34 38 34 38 36 42 36 43 41 38 47 42 ** 38
Born 1911-1926 46 46 44 31 28 ** 33 34 28 34 35 36 36 34 39 29 38 36 49 34 41 34 61 ** 53
Born 1895-1910 47 41 36 22 26 ** 26 27 20 35 27 28 31 31 31 16 30 21 33 13 57 0 ** ** **
Born before 1895 33 31 36 24 22 ** 29 24 14 19 50 29 0 100 ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** **
Democrats (incl leaners) 44 42 42 33 31 ** 38 37 32 34 37 36 33 35 38 34 43 33 39 37 35 41 42 ** 35
Independents 35 47 46 24 24 ** 33 28 32 26 29 28 31 25 26 23 34 26 21 29 23 35 38 ** 32
Republicans 42 47 41 29 33 ** 35 39 31 37 35 37 41 38 39 35 42 38 44 39 40 45 42 ** 42
Liberals ** ** ** ** ** ** 39 32 30 38 36 39 38 35 40 35 46 38 42 32 39 40 44 ** 36
Moderates ** ** ** ** ** ** 38 38 37 36 40 40 40 35 37 37 44 38 39 38 37 47 40 ** 35
Conservatives ** ** ** ** ** ** 37 37 31 37 36 38 41 40 40 37 41 39 44 42 44 46 45 ** 44