The ANES Guide to Public Opinion and Electoral Behavior

Average Feelings Toward Congressional Candidates 1978-2000

  '78 '80 '82 '84 '86 '88 '90 '92 '94 '96 '98 '00
Democratic Candidate 0.6 0.6 0.8 0.6 0.8 0.8 0.7 0.5 0.4 0.3 0.6 0.5
Republican Candidate 0.5 0.6 0.6 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.3 0.3 0.4 0.5 0.5 0.4
Net Pro Dem. - Pro Rep. -0.1 -0.1 0.2 0.1 0.3 0.1 0.3 0.2 -0.2 -0.2 0.2 0.1
Incumbent Candidate 0.8 0.8 0.9 0.8 0.9 0.8 0.7 0.7 0.6 0.6 0.7 0.7
Challenger Candidate 0.1 0.2 0.2 0.1 0.2 0.2 0.1 0 0.1 0.1 0.3 0.2

Percentage Within Study Year
Table 8A.2.

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Question Text:

"Is there anything in particular that you liked about {U.S. House
Democratic candidate}? What is that? Anything else?"
"Is there anything in particular that you didn't like about {U.S. House
Democratic candidate} What is that? Anything else?"
"Is there anything in particular that you liked about {U.S. House
Republican candidate}? What is that? Anything else?"
"Is there anything in particular that you didn't like about {U.S. House
Republican candidate} What is that? Anything else?"

Note:

Affect (feelings) toward the Democratic Congressional candidate is the
number of Democratic Congressional candidate 'likes' minus the number
of Democratic Congressional candidate 'dislikes.'
Affect (feelings) toward the Republican Congressional candidate is the
number of Republican Congressional candidate 'likes' minus the number
of Republican Congressional candidate 'dislikes.'
The Net affect (Pro Dem. - Pro Rep.) toward the Democratic and
Republican Congressional candidates is the difference between two sums:
the sum of Democratic Congressional candidate 'likes' and Republican
Congressional candidate 'dislikes' MINUS the sum of Democratic
Congressional candidate 'dislikes' and Republican Congressional
candidate 'likes.'
Affect (feelings) toward the Incumbent Congressional candidate is the
number of Incumbent Congressional candidate 'likes' minus the number
of Incumbent Congressional candidate 'dislikes.'
Affect (feelings) toward the Challenger Congressional candidate is the
number of Challenger Congressional candidate 'likes' minus the number
of Challenger Congressional candidate 'dislikes.'

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