Approval of Congressional Incumbent Running for Re-Election 1980 -2016

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Data Table

  '80 '82 '84 '86 '88 '90 '92 '94 '96 '98 '00 '02 '04 '06 '08 '10 '12 '14 '16
Approve 57
(745)
52
(646)
69
(1210)
59
(1171)
66
(1089)
64
(1134)
62
(985)
59
(879)
66
(881)
61
(685)
58
(819)
** 61
(595)
** 52
(928)
** 61
(1904)
** 65
(2297)
Disapprove 8
(104)
8
(102)
9
(162)
8
(160)
7
(110)
11
(188)
12
(190)
13
(195)
14
(193)
12
(141)
11
(157)
** 11
(103)
** 19
(342)
** 30
(923)
** 28
(976)
Don't Know 34
(447)
40
(489)
22
(380)
33
(656)
28
(463)
26
(456)
26
(403)
28
(417)
20
(261)
27
(303)
31
(436)
** 29
(279)
** 29
(527)
** 10
(299)
** 7
(244)
N 1296 1237 1752 1987 1662 1778 1578 1491 1335 1129 1412 0 977 0 1797 0 3126 0 3517

Percentage Within Study Year
Table 8A.3.
Source: VCF0991 in the ANES Cumulative Data File dataset, weighted with VCF0009z
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Percent among demographic groups who responded:

Approve
Disapprove
Don't Know

Question Text:

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

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).

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