Is One Party More Conservative 1960 -2016

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Data Table

  '60 '62 '64 '66 '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
Yes, Democrats 11
(199)
** 14
(194)
** 9
(118)
16
(244)
15
(167)
** 17
(485)
** ** ** 15
(144)
** 12
(220)
18
(173)
12
(270)
** ** ** ** ** 17
(183)
** 16
(344)
** 10
(521)
** 13
(482)
Yes, Republicans 61
(1109)
** 59
(851)
** 63
(840)
51
(759)
57
(633)
** 54
(1510)
** ** ** 53
(518)
** 57
(1010)
44
(428)
57
(1281)
** ** ** ** ** 68
(716)
** 67
(1404)
** 73
(3940)
** 73
(2620)
No, Both Same, Don't Know 28
(503)
** 27
(390)
** 28
(381)
33
(493)
28
(309)
** 29
(823)
** ** ** 32
(310)
** 31
(542)
38
(373)
31
(700)
** ** ** ** ** 15
(161)
** 17
(359)
** 18
(966)
** 14
(493)
N 1811 0 1435 0 1339 1496 1109 0 2818 0 0 0 972 0 1772 974 2251 0 0 0 0 0 1060 0 2107 0 5427 0 3595

Percentage Within Study Year
Table 2B.5.
Source: VCF0502 in the ANES Cumulative Data File dataset, weighted with VCF0009z
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Percent among demographic groups who responded:

Yes, Democrats
Yes, Republicans
No, Both Same/ Don't Know

Question Text:

1960-1976: "Would you say that one of the parties (1972: either party) is more conservative or more liberal than the other
(1970-1976: at the national level?)?"
(IF YES:) "Which party is more conservative?"
(IF NO in 1960,1968/ IF NO or DK in 1964,1970,1972,1976:) "Do you think that people generally consider the Democrats or the Republicans more conservative or wouldn't you want to guess about that?"
1984 and later: "Would you say that either one of the parties is more conservative than the other at the national level?"
(IF YES:) "Which party is more conservative?"

Note:

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

In the 2012 Web instrument, a Don't Know category was not present (not appearing as an onscreen choice) for most survey questions.
For face-to-face cases, about 4% answered Don't Know and are included for valid responses together with 'no, one party not more conservative' responses.
However, many more Web Respondents than face-to-face respondents (approximately twice as many) chose the category 'no, one party not more conservative'.

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