The ANES Guide to Public Opinion and Electoral Behavior

Power of the Federal Government 1964-2000

  '64 '66 '68 '70 '72 '74 '76 '78 '80 '82 '84 '86 '88 '90 '92 '94 '96 '98 '00
Govt. Not Too Strong 36
(562)
27
(346)
30
(469)
33
(499)
27
(355)
** 20
(559)
14
(312)
15
(212)
** 22
(218)
** 19
(345)
** 17
(376)
** ** ** 17
(268)
Govt. Too Powerful 30
(473)
39
(497)
40
(628)
31
(465)
41
(545)
** 49
(1407)
43
(980)
49
(682)
** 32
(311)
** 33
(591)
** 40
(881)
** ** ** 39
(595)
Don't Know, No Interest 34
(534)
34
(443)
29
(455)
36
(535)
32
(418)
** 31
(891)
43
(984)
36
(511)
** 46
(444)
** 47
(836)
** 43
(943)
** ** ** 44
(677)
N 1569 1286 1552 1499 1318 0 2857 2276 1405 0 973 0 1772 0 2200 0 0 0 1540

Percentage Within Study Year
Table 4A.1.

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Question Text:

"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)."
1964-1972: "Have you been interested enough in this to favor one side over the other?"/ 1976-1992: "Do you have an opinion on this or not?"
ALL YEARS: (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?"

Percent among demographic groups who responded:

Govt Not Too Strong
Govt Too Powerful
Don't Know, No Interest

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