The ANES Guide to Public Opinion and Electoral Behavior

Average Feeling Thermometer Rating Toward Parties 1978-2016

  '78 '80 '82 '84 '86 '88 '90 '92 '94 '96 '98 '00 '02 '04 '08 '12 '16
Democratic Party 62 61 63 62 63 61 61 59 54 59 60 59 ** 58 57 51 48
Republican Party 55 57 54 58 57 59 55 52 57 53 50 54 ** 54 48 44 43
Net Pro Dem. - Pro Rep. 54 52 55 52 53 51 53 54 49 53 55 53 ** 53 55 54 53
Both Parties 59 59 58 60 60 60 58 55 56 56 55 56 ** 56 54 48 46
'Parties in General' ** 55 56 55 57 ** 53 ** 51 52 ** 53 ** ** ** ** **

Percentage Within Study Year
Table 2B.2.

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Question Text:

"...using the thermometer how would you rate the following:"
(CARD OR RESPONDENT BOOKLET SHOWN TO R )

Note:

Thermometer scale 0-100 administered.
In the final Republican Party and the Democratic Party thermometer data, scores of 97 to 100 are collapsed to 97.
The Net index (Pro Dem. - Pro Rep.) is constructed by subtracting the Republican Party thermometer rating from the Democratic Party thermometer rating, adding 100 to the difference, and then dividing by 2.
The score for 'Both Parties' is produced by adding the Republican Party and Democratic Party thermometer ratings and then dividing the sum by 2. All results are rounded to the nearest integer.

2012 and 2016 data are for the combined (face-to-face and internet) sample.

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