Is the Government Run for the Benefit of All 1964 -2016

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Data Table

  '64 '66 '68 '70 '72 '74 '76 '78 '80 '82 '84 '86 '88 '90 '92 '94 '96 '98 '00 '02 '04 '06 '08 '10 '12 '14 '16
Few Big Interests 29
(412)
33
(425)
40
(528)
50
(749)
53
(1212)
66
(1655)
66
(1883)
67
(1508)
70
(1121)
61
(852)
55
(1044)
** 64
(1120)
71
(1389)
75
(1678)
76
(1338)
69
(1036)
64
(812)
61
(927)
48
(612)
56
(593)
** 69
(1447)
** 79
(4649)
** 82
(3479)
Benefit of All 64
(923)
53
(679)
51
(684)
41
(611)
38
(858)
25
(615)
24
(682)
24
(550)
21
(336)
29
(405)
39
(739)
** 31
(545)
24
(469)
20
(455)
19
(340)
27
(407)
32
(409)
35
(529)
51
(645)
40
(426)
** 29
(611)
** 19
(1127)
** 17
(736)
Don't Know, Depends 7
(108)
13
(172)
9
(124)
9
(136)
9
(203)
9
(230)
10
(274)
9
(205)
9
(136)
10
(140)
6
(115)
** 5
(96)
5
(94)
4
(94)
4
(79)
3
(48)
4
(50)
5
(73)
2
(20)
4
(43)
** 2
(43)
** 2
(102)
** 1
(26)
N 1443 1276 1336 1496 2273 2500 2839 2263 1593 1397 1898 0 1761 1952 2227 1757 1491 1271 1529 1277 1062 0 2101 0 5878 0 4241

Percentage Within Study Year
Table 5A.2.
Source: VCF0605 in the ANES Cumulative Data File dataset, weighted with VCF0009z
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Percent among demographic groups who responded:

Few Big Interests
Benefit of All

Question Text:

"Would you say the government is pretty much run by a few big interests looking out for themselves or that it is run for the benefit of all the people?"

Note:

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

For 2012, the 'Don't Know/Other' category represents face-to-face Don't Know cases only (in the 2012 Web instrument, a Don't Know category was not present).

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