The ANES Guide to Public Opinion and Electoral Behavior

Average Feelings Toward Parties 1952-2004

  '52 '54 '56 '58 '60 '62 '64 '66 '68 '70 '72 '74 '76 '78 '80 '82 '84 '86 '88 '90 '92 '94 '96 '98 '00 '02 '04
Democratic Party 0.1 ** 0.5 0.5 0.5 ** 0.4 ** -0.2 ** 0.1 ** 0.2 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.3 0.2 0.3 0.2 0.3 -0.3 0.2 ** 0.4 ** 0.3
Republican Party 0.1 ** 0.1 -0.3 0.1 ** -0.2 ** 0 ** -0.2 ** -0.3 0 0 -0.3 0 -0.1 0 -0.4 -0.4 0 -0.1 ** -0.1 ** -0.2
Net Pro Dem. - Pro Rep. 0 ** 0.4 0.8 0.4 ** 0.6 ** -0.1 ** 0.2 ** 0.5 0.2 0.2 0.6 0.3 0.4 0.2 0.6 0.6 -0.3 0.4 ** 0.4 ** 0.4

Percentage Within Study Year
Table 2B.1.

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Question Text:

"Is there anything in particular that you like about the Democratic party? What is that? Anything else?"
"Is there anything in particular that you don't like about the Democratic party? What is that? Anything else?"
"Is there anything in particular that you like about the Republican party? What is that? Anything else?"
"Is there anything in particular that you don't like about the Republican party? What is that? Anything else?"

Percent among demographic groups who responded:

Democratic Party
Republican Party
Net Pro Dem.-Pro Rep.

Note:

Affect (feelings) toward the Democratic Party is the number of Democratic party 'likes' minus the number of Democratic party 'dislikes.'
Affect (feelings) toward the Republican Party is the number of Republican Party 'likes' minus the number of Republican Party 'dislikes.'
The Net affect (Pro Dem. - Pro Rep.) toward parties is the difference between two sums: the sum of Democratic party 'likes' and Republican party 'dislikes' MINUS the sum of Democratic party 'dislikes' and Republican party 'likes.'

Open-end 'likes-dislikes' texts have not yet been coded into release data codes for the ANES 2008 or 2012 Time Series studies. Open-end master codes and coding procedures are under review.

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