The ANES Guide to Public Opinion and Electoral Behavior

Important Differences Between 2 Parties 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
No Difference 41
(724)
** ** ** 43
(789)
** 44
(641)
56
(718)
44
(589)
** 44
(485)
** 42
(1212)
** 34
(473)
** 30
(288)
44
(470)
35
(613)
48
(471)
35
(785)
42
(757)
35
(253)
41
(528)
33
(512)
** 20
(208)
21
(437)
18
(1010)
16
(582)
Yes, a Difference 50
(876)
** ** ** 50
(915)
** 55
(797)
40
(517)
52
(700)
** 46
(513)
** 47
(1349)
** 58
(816)
** 63
(610)
48
(516)
60
(1056)
45
(444)
60
(1350)
50
(899)
64
(465)
56
(718)
64
(993)
** 76
(803)
78
(1635)
81
(4405)
83
(3024)
Don't Know, Depends 9
(157)
** ** ** 6
(114)
** 1
(11)
4
(53)
4
(58)
** 10
(115)
** 10
(299)
** 8
(117)
** 8
(78)
9
(93)
6
(104)
6
(61)
5
(117)
7
(131)
2
(12)
3
(33)
2
(38)
** 5
(49)
2
(35)
1
(52)
1
(22)
N 1757 0 0 0 1818 0 1449 1288 1347 0 1113 0 2860 0 1406 0 976 1079 1773 976 2252 1787 730 1279 1543 0 1060 2107 5467 3628

Percentage Within Study Year
Table 2B.4.

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Question Text:

"Do you think there are any important differences in what the Republicans and Democrats stand for?"

Percent among demographic groups who responded:

No Difference
Yes, a Difference
DK

Note:

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

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