Had Contact With Incumbent Congressional Candidate 1978 -1994

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Data Table

  '78 '80 '82 '84 '86 '88 '90 '92 '94
Democratic Candidate 64 61 65 62 62 67 67 65 64
Republican Candidate 53 52 60 55 56 53 44 51 56
Incumbent Candidate 75 76 78 76 77 78 77 77 75
Challenger Candidate 36 37 45 37 33 34 22 40 40

Table 8B.1.
Source: VCF0948A in the ANES Cumulative Data File dataset, weighted with VCF0009z

Percent among demographic groups who responded:

Democratic Candidate
Republican Candidate
Incumbent Candidate
Challenger Candidate

Question Text:

"Think of {candidate} [who has been the U.S. Representative from this district/ who ran for the U.S. House of Representatives from this district]. Have you come into contact with or learned anything about (him/her) through any of these ways?"
RESPONDENT MET {candidate} PERSONALLY
RESPONDENT ATTENDED A MEETING OR GATHERING WHERE {candidate} SPOKE.
RESPONDENT TALKED TO A MEMBER OF { candidate} STAFF OR SOMEONE IN {candidate's} OFFICE
RESPONDENT RECEIVED SOMETHING IN MAIL FROM {candidate}
RESPONDENT READ ABOUT {candidate} IN A NEWSPAPER OR MAGAZINE.
RESPONDENT HEARD {candidate} ON THE RADIO.
RESPONDENT SAW {candidate} ON TV

Note:

This table counts as contact any 'yes' response to the types specified. 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.' Data for some candidates may have been derived using var for type of House race.

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