The ANES Guide to Public Opinion and Electoral Behavior

Which Party Best Able to Handle Most Important Problem 1972-2008

  '72 '74 '76 '78 '80 '82 '84 '86 '88 '90 '92 '94 '96 '98 '00 '02 '04 '08
Democrats 23
(242)
** 34
(753)
17
(367)
10
(134)
29
(391)
24
(438)
23
(483)
23
(396)
** 39
(768)
16
(271)
23
(173)
27
(310)
27
(230)
** ** **
Not Much Difference 42
(432)
** 46
(1024)
60
(1294)
43
(575)
44
(589)
43
(782)
54
(1118)
53
(898)
** 47
(929)
54
(944)
57
(419)
56
(647)
46
(397)
** ** **
Republicans 25
(257)
** 12
(277)
16
(348)
40
(542)
22
(293)
31
(565)
18
(370)
21
(361)
** 13
(256)
28
(491)
20
(147)
16
(186)
22
(193)
** ** **
Don't Know, Other 10
(99)
** 8
(171)
7
(144)
7
(95)
5
(69)
2
(45)
5
(104)
3
(43)
** 2
(37)
2
(32)
0
(2)
1
(16)
5
(43)
** ** **
N 1030 0 2225 2153 1346 1342 1830 2075 1698 0 1990 1738 741 1159 863 0 0 0

Percentage Within Study Year
Table 2B.3.

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Question Text:

(IF R HAS MENTIONED A 'MOST IMPORTANT PROBLEM' IN THE NATION:) "Which political party do you think would be most likely to get the government to do a better job in dealing with this problem (1972: to be helpful on this problem) --the Republicans, the Democrats, or wouldn't there be much difference between them?"

Percent among demographic groups who responded:

Democrats
Not Much Difference/ Don't Know
Republicans

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