The ANES Guide to Public Opinion and Electoral Behavior

Government Services and Spending 1982-2016

  '82 '84 '86 '88 '90 '92 '94 '96 '98 '00 '02 '04 '08 '12 '16
Cut Services/Spending 1 9
(120)
6
(124)
5
(101)
5
(99)
4
(86)
5
(124)
9
(156)
6
(97)
6
(78)
4
(43)
** 4
(50)
6
(65)
8
(483)
9
(373)
2 10
(144)
9
(210)
6
(139)
8
(154)
6
(121)
8
(196)
11
(194)
10
(170)
8
(100)
5
(49)
** 6
(69)
8
(88)
13
(796)
9
(395)
3 13
(188)
13
(292)
13
(272)
13
(266)
12
(235)
13
(312)
15
(275)
15
(261)
12
(159)
9
(93)
** 10
(120)
10
(119)
16
(957)
13
(556)
4 23
(321)
26
(582)
25
(548)
23
(472)
23
(461)
26
(633)
24
(429)
25
(425)
26
(329)
25
(241)
** 23
(279)
20
(230)
24
(1390)
21
(893)
5 11
(156)
14
(322)
17
(378)
14
(282)
15
(298)
15
(379)
16
(279)
15
(259)
16
(205)
18
(174)
** 19
(232)
19
(227)
16
(938)
15
(623)
6 6
(89)
8
(172)
12
(262)
10
(197)
11
(221)
8
(190)
6
(112)
7
(128)
13
(161)
11
(108)
** 12
(144)
11
(128)
6
(375)
9
(370)
More Services/Spending 7 7
(101)
7
(164)
12
(265)
7
(145)
11
(213)
7
(183)
5
(97)
5
(94)
11
(141)
10
(102)
** 12
(147)
11
(127)
5
(293)
7
(309)
DK, Haven't Thought 20
(285)
16
(363)
9
(203)
20
(416)
17
(327)
19
(465)
13
(233)
16
(278)
9
(109)
17
(170)
** 14
(171)
16
(184)
11
(676)
17
(737)
N 1404 2229 2168 2031 1962 2482 1775 1712 1282 980 0 1212 1168 5908 4256

Percentage Within Study Year
Table 4A.5.

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Question Text:

"Some people think the government should provide fewer services, even in areas such as health and education, in order to reduce spending. Other people feel that it is important for the government to provide many more services even if it means an increase in spending." "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:

Cut Services/ Spending (1,2,3)
More Services/ Spending (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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