The ANES Guide to Public Opinion and Electoral Behavior

External Political Efficacy Index 1952-2016

  '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 '08 '12 '16
Average Score on Index 66 ** 72 ** 74 ** 67 63 57 58 55 54 52 51 53 52 63 45 49 35 51 33 38 42 46 61 47 38 36 35

Percentage Within Study Year
Table 5B.4.

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Percent among demographic groups who responded:

Average Score on Index

Note:

The External Political Efficacy Index is constructed as follows:
Variable 613 (Table 5B.2) and variable 609 (Table 5B.3) are recoded:
Agree=0, Disagree=100, Neither=50.
These new scores are then totaled (Don't Know is not scored)
and the sum is divided by the number of valid responses. The result
is then rounded to the nearest integer.
The questions used are:
V613: "'People like me don't have any say about what the government
does.'" (RESPONSE OPTIONS READ OR SHOWN TO R)
V609: "'I don't think public officials care much what people like me
think.'" (RESPONSE OPTIONS READ OR SHOWN TO R)

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

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