The ANES Guide to Public Opinion and Electoral Behavior

Likelihood of Conventional War 1956-2002

  '56 '58 '60 '62 '64 '66 '68 '70 '72 '74 '76 '78 '80 '82 '84 '86 '88 '90 '92 '94 '96 '98 '00 '02
Not Worried 44
(776)
** 32
(619)
** 44
(684)
** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** 33
(473)
39
(875)
33
(361)
45
(802)
14
(140)
44
(1096)
** ** ** 47
(316)
16
(216)
Somewhat Worried 43
(763)
** 46
(871)
** 45
(702)
** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** 45
(635)
41
(926)
50
(540)
43
(763)
43
(422)
44
(1092)
** ** ** 42
(288)
50
(654)
Very/Pretty Worried 11
(198)
** 21
(405)
** 10
(162)
** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** 21
(301)
19
(428)
15
(166)
11
(197)
41
(402)
11
(279)
** ** ** 11
(75)
33
(437)
Don't Know 1
(20)
** 1
(19)
** 1
(11)
** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** 0
(4)
1
(20)
1
(14)
1
(10)
1
(10)
1
(19)
** ** ** 0
(0)
0
(4)
N 1757 0 1914 0 1559 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1413 2249 1081 1772 974 2486 0 0 0 679 1311

Percentage Within Study Year
Table 4D.2.

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Question Text:

1956: "Now I'd like to ask you some questions about the chances of our country getting into war. Would you say that at the present time you are pretty worried about this country getting into another war, somewhat worried, or not worried at all?"
1960,1964: "How about the chances of our country getting into war. Would you say that at the present time you are pretty worried about this country getting into another war, somewhat worried, or not worried at all?"
1982-1992, 2000-2002: "How worried are you about our country (1982: How about the chances of) getting into a conventional war (2000 and 2002: at this time), one in which nuclear weapons are not used (1982: neither side uses nuclear weapons)? Are you very (1982: pretty) worried (1982: about this country getting into such a war at the present time), somewhat worried, or not worried at all?"

Percent among demographic groups who responded:

Not Worried
Somewhat Worried
Very Worried

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