Average Feeling Thermometer Rating Toward Presidential Candidates 1968 -2016

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Data Table

  '68 '70 '72 '74 '76 '78 '80 '82 '84 '86 '88 '90 '92 '94 '96 '98 '00 '02 '04 '06 '08 '10 '12 '14 '16
Democratic Candidate 61 ** 49 ** 63 ** 56 ** 57 ** 57 ** 56 ** 59 ** 57 ** 53 ** 58 ** 54 ** 42
Republican Candidate 66 ** 66 ** 60 ** 56 ** 61 ** 60 ** 52 ** 52 ** 56 ** 55 ** 52 ** 47 ** 36
Both Candidates 64 ** 57 ** 62 ** 56 ** 59 ** 59 ** 54 ** 56 ** 57 ** 54 ** 55 ** 59 ** 39
Net Pro Dem. - Pro Rep. 48 ** 42 ** 51 ** 50 ** 48 ** 48 ** 52 ** 54 ** 50 ** 49 ** 54 ** 54 ** 53

Table 7A.2.
Source: VCF0424,VCF0426,VCF0412,VCF0413 in the ANES Cumulative Data File dataset, weighted with VCF0009z
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Percent among demographic groups who responded:

Democratic Candidate
Republican Candidate
Both Candidates
Net Pro Dem.-Pro Rep.

Note:

This uses the 0-100 thermometer scores. In the final thermometer data,
scores of 97 to 100 are collapsed to 97.
In 1968, DK was scored as 50.
The Net index (Pro Dem. - Pro Rep.) is constructed by subtracting the
Republican presidential candidate thermometer rating from the
Democratic presidential candidate thermometer rating, adding 100 to the
difference, and then dividing by 2.
The score for 'Both Candidates' is produced by adding the Republican
and Democratic presidential candidate thermometer ratings and then
dividing the sum by 2.
All results are rounded to the nearest integer.

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

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