The ANES Guide to Public Opinion and Electoral Behavior

Government Guaranteed Job and Standard of Living (2), 7 point scale 1972-2016

  '72 '74 '76 '78 '80 '82 '84 '86 '88 '90 '92 '94 '96 '98 '00 '02 '04 '08 '12 '16
Govt. See to Job/Living 1 13
(316)
12
(295)
11
(319)
7
(156)
10
(136)
9
(133)
10
(230)
10
(111)
9
(181)
11
(212)
8
(210)
10
(179)
8
(140)
12
(157)
8
(75)
** 12
(142)
9
(107)
8
(479)
9
(388)
2 6
(136)
5
(116)
5
(142)
3
(73)
7
(95)
6
(90)
7
(162)
6
(66)
6
(127)
8
(160)
8
(187)
7
(131)
7
(125)
8
(105)
5
(50)
** 8
(96)
8
(91)
8
(500)
8
(327)
3 9
(220)
8
(211)
8
(221)
7
(163)
9
(129)
9
(126)
11
(250)
8
(92)
9
(182)
11
(221)
10
(256)
11
(187)
9
(155)
10
(127)
9
(90)
** 11
(139)
10
(119)
12
(693)
12
(512)
4 20
(495)
20
(506)
17
(493)
19
(435)
18
(246)
20
(281)
20
(435)
21
(229)
18
(367)
18
(361)
20
(486)
23
(402)
19
(325)
20
(259)
17
(165)
** 18
(219)
18
(206)
22
(1278)
18
(781)
5 13
(308)
12
(305)
10
(294)
15
(338)
13
(188)
16
(223)
16
(362)
16
(176)
16
(318)
14
(278)
17
(430)
15
(272)
18
(313)
14
(175)
18
(181)
** 16
(190)
17
(199)
15
(863)
15
(636)
6 8
(198)
8
(210)
11
(300)
12
(270)
16
(222)
13
(183)
13
(282)
14
(153)
14
(280)
12
(240)
12
(303)
14
(252)
17
(289)
10
(123)
18
(176)
** 14
(172)
15
(170)
16
(924)
13
(558)
Each Person on Own 7 19
(458)
17
(415)
18
(503)
17
(385)
12
(163)
12
(174)
9
(197)
17
(182)
13
(270)
11
(220)
12
(294)
13
(227)
11
(192)
12
(152)
13
(131)
** 12
(140)
12
(141)
12
(729)
11
(479)
DK, Haven't Thought 13
(331)
18
(446)
20
(579)
21
(471)
16
(221)
14
(192)
14
(306)
7
(81)
15
(300)
14
(268)
13
(313)
7
(126)
10
(174)
14
(183)
12
(113)
** 9
(115)
11
(130)
7
(442)
13
(573)
N 2462 2504 2851 2291 1400 1402 2224 1090 2025 1960 2479 1776 1713 1281 981 0 1213 1163 5908 4254

Percentage Within Study Year
Table 4A.4b.

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Question Text:

"Some people feel that the government in Washington should see to it that every person has a job and a good standard of living...Others think the government should just let each person get ahead on his/their own..
Where would you place yourself on this scale, or haven't you thought much about this?" (7-POINT SCALE SHOWN TO R)

Percent among demographic groups who responded:

Govt See to Job/Std (1,2,3)
Each Person on His Own (5,6,7)

Note:

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

In the 2012 Web instrument, Don't Know was not present as an onscreen categories for Internet, however Haven't Thought Much about it was a response option for both modes.

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