The ANES Guide to Public Opinion and Electoral Behavior

Occupation 1952-2004

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Professional 15
(266)
** 16
(271)
18
(317)
16
(311)
** 19
(297)
** 20
(300)
21
(305)
20
(528)
22
(537)
21
(586)
25
(546)
25
(388)
25
(341)
24
(522)
26
(541)
26
(519)
24
(465)
28
(666)
26
(444)
29
(479)
29
(334)
32
(556)
** 30
(348)
White Collar 11
(190)
** 10
(178)
11
(200)
14
(269)
** 13
(202)
** 14
(211)
14
(205)
15
(396)
16
(377)
17
(462)
16
(363)
18
(283)
20
(269)
23
(500)
21
(447)
22
(435)
20
(380)
21
(494)
22
(381)
21
(351)
23
(258)
24
(409)
** 25
(295)
Blue Collar 20
(360)
** 25
(445)
30
(537)
32
(606)
** 30
(460)
** 31
(459)
31
(456)
32
(843)
34
(829)
34
(939)
35
(774)
35
(535)
33
(446)
34
(745)
35
(725)
34
(674)
37
(710)
34
(809)
36
(608)
37
(606)
31
(360)
31
(527)
** 31
(365)
Unskilled 11
(193)
** 6
(108)
3
(56)
2
(37)
** 2
(36)
** 2
(27)
2
(24)
2
(50)
2
(37)
3
(78)
3
(59)
3
(48)
3
(39)
2
(52)
3
(56)
3
(54)
3
(58)
2
(59)
3
(53)
2
(39)
2
(27)
3
(49)
** 3
(36)
Farmers 7
(131)
** 6
(113)
5
(89)
6
(109)
** 5
(74)
** 4
(60)
4
(63)
3
(72)
3
(74)
3
(83)
2
(44)
2
(32)
3
(44)
4
(80)
3
(57)
3
(58)
4
(71)
4
(92)
2
(36)
2
(28)
1
(12)
2
(26)
** 2
(26)
Housewives 36
(634)
** 36
(632)
33
(604)
30
(581)
** 31
(475)
** 30
(443)
28
(419)
28
(719)
23
(568)
22
(611)
20
(438)
16
(248)
16
(225)
13
(288)
13
(267)
12
(231)
12
(231)
11
(251)
10
(174)
8
(138)
13
(152)
9
(149)
** 8
(97)
N 1774 0 1747 1803 1913 0 1544 0 1500 1472 2608 2422 2759 2224 1534 1364 2187 2093 1971 1915 2371 1696 1641 1143 1716 0 1167

Percentage Within Study Year
Table 1A.5.

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Note:

Retired persons have former occupation represented; in 1972-1976, if retirees are also working, and if current job is related to former occupation, then current job is represented.

Open-end texts for Respondent occupation have not yet been coded into release data codes for the ANES 2008 or 2012 Time Series studies. Open-end master codes and coding procedures are under review.

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