The ANES Guide to Public Opinion and Electoral Behavior

Which Party More Likely to Favor a Strong Government 1964-2000

  '64 '66 '68 '70 '72 '74 '76 '78 '80 '82 '84 '86 '88 '90 '92 '94 '96 '98 '00
Democrats 35
(555)
** 30
(460)
** 16
(202)
** 19
(534)
15
(337)
23
(321)
** 16
(154)
** 12
(177)
** 14
(280)
** ** ** 23
(296)
No Difference 19
(290)
** 26
(400)
** 32
(398)
** 38
(1090)
31
(699)
28
(387)
** 27
(264)
** 20
(307)
** 28
(535)
** ** ** 19
(242)
Republicans 8
(120)
** 12
(182)
** 18
(229)
** 10
(292)
10
(235)
13
(175)
** 11
(111)
** 13
(194)
** 10
(191)
** ** ** 9
(116)
Don't Know, No Interest 38
(600)
** 33
(510)
** 34
(432)
** 33
(938)
44
(1003)
37
(517)
** 46
(442)
** 55
(834)
** 48
(933)
** ** ** 50
(643)
N 1565 0 1552 0 1261 0 2854 2274 1400 0 971 0 1512 0 1939 0 0 0 1297

Percentage Within Study Year
Table 2B.7.

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Question Text:

ALL YEARS: "Which party do you think is more likely to favor a stronger [1978,1980,1984: more powerful; 1988,1992: a powerful] government in Washington -- the Democrats, the Republicans, or wouldn't there be any difference between them on this?"

Percent among demographic groups who responded:

Democrats
No Difference/ Don't Know, No Interest
Republicans

Note:

THIS QUESTION IS PRECEDED BY THE FOLLOWING FILTERS:
INTRO, ALL YEARS: "Some people are afraid the government in Washington is getting too powerful for the good of the country and the individual person. Others feel that the government in Washington is not getting too strong (1964,1966,1970: has not gotten too strong for the good of the country)."
-1964,1968,1972,1976: "Have you been interested enough in this to favor one side over the other?" (IF YES:) "What is your feeling, do you think the government is getting too powerful or do you think the government is not getting too strong?" (IF OPINION NOT DK:)....
-1978,1980,1984: "Have you been interested enough in this to favor one side over the other?" (IF YES:)....
-1988,1992: "Have you been interested enough in this to. favor one side over the other?" (IF YES:) "What is your feeling, do you think the government is getting too powerful or do you think the
government is not getting too strong?" (IF OPINION IS THAT THE GOVERNMENT IS GETTING TOO POWERFUL:)...
or:/(IF OPINION IS THAT THE GOVERNMENT IS NOT GETTING TOO STRONG:) "Do you think the government should become more powerful or should it stay the way it is?" (IF THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD BECOME MORE POWERFUL:)...

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