The ANES Guide to Public Opinion and Electoral Behavior

Government See to Fair Treatment in Jobs 1964-2012

  '64 '66 '68 '70 '72 '74 '76 '78 '80 '82 '84 '86 '88 '90 '92 '94 '96 '98 '00 '02 '04 '08 '12
See to Fair Treatment 39
(611)
** 38
(593)
** 41
(1122)
** ** ** ** ** ** 19
(418)
29
(599)
** 35
(862)
** 30
(449)
** 35
(623)
** 34
(355)
28
(593)
38
(2100)
Don't See to It 40
(626)
** 43
(663)
** 35
(952)
** ** ** ** ** ** 14
(303)
22
(448)
** 26
(645)
** 29
(439)
** 28
(505)
** 27
(284)
25
(516)
51
(2798)
Don't Know, No Interest 21
(334)
** 19
(301)
** 23
(631)
** ** ** ** ** ** 67
(1455)
49
(993)
** 39
(980)
** 40
(604)
** 36
(645)
** 39
(416)
47
(990)
11
(606)
N 1571 0 1557 0 2705 0 0 0 0 0 0 2176 2040 0 2487 0 1492 0 1773 0 1055 2099 5504

Percentage Within Study Year
Table 4B.8.

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Question Text:

ALL YEARS EXCEPT 2012: "Some people feel that if black people (1964,1968: negroes) are not getting fair treatment in jobs, the government in Washington ought to see to it that they do. Others feel that this is not the federal government's business. Have you had enough interest in this question to favor one side over the other?" (IF YES:) "How do you feel? Should the government in Washington see it it that black people get fair treatment in jobs (1986 AND LATER: or is this not the federal government's business) 1964,1968,1972: or should the government in Washington leave these matters to the states and local communities?)"

2012: Should the government in Washington see to it that black people get fair treatment in jobs or is this not the federal government's business?

Percent among demographic groups who responded:

Govt See to it
Don't See to It
Don't Know, No Interest

Note:

There was a major change in response options wording after 1972.

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

The 2012 omission of the lead-in question asking whether R has had interest in this issue significantly reduced the number of respondents in this table's combined category for Don't Know/No interest. However, it should also be noted that although 'Other (SPECIFY)' was a volunteered category for 2012 face-to-face respondents, it was an onscreen choice for 2012 Internet respondents. Thus for 2012, the Don't Know/No interest represents a small number of Don't Know responses from the face-to-face survey together with many more cases of 'Other' from the Internet survey.

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