The ANES Guide to Public Opinion and Electoral Behavior

Condition of Nation's Economy Over the Last Year 1980-2016

  '80 '82 '84 '86 '88 '90 '92 '94 '96 '98 '00 '02 '04 '08 '12 '16
Gotten Better 4
(59)
12
(165)
43
(922)
24
(491)
19
(368)
3
(68)
5
(114)
35
(605)
38
(646)
47
(593)
39
(693)
5
(69)
24
(282)
2
(54)
29
(1725)
28
(1173)
Stayed Same 13
(205)
18
(252)
33
(722)
42
(870)
50
(978)
22
(433)
23
(567)
38
(658)
45
(758)
38
(483)
44
(785)
23
(344)
31
(370)
7
(168)
35
(2063)
42
(1798)
Gotten Worse 83
(1316)
70
(960)
24
(512)
35
(725)
31
(610)
74
(1443)
72
(1776)
28
(483)
17
(294)
15
(183)
17
(310)
72
(1087)
45
(544)
90
(2091)
35
(2082)
30
(1289)
N 1580 1377 2156 2086 1956 1944 2457 1746 1698 1259 1788 1500 1196 2313 5870 4260

Percentage Within Study Year
Table 4E.1.

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Question Text:

"How about (1996-LATER: Now thinking about) the economy (1990,1994- later: in the country as a whole)?"
ALL YEARS EXC.2000 EXPERIMENTAL VERSION:
"Would you say that over the past year the nation's economy has gotten better, stayed (all yrs. exc 1984: about) the same or gotten worse?"
2000 EXPERIMENTAL VERSION:
"Would you say that over the past year the nation's economy has gotten worse, stayed about the same, or gotten better?"

Percent among demographic groups who responded:

Gotten Better
Stayed Same
Gotten Worse

Note:

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

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