The ANES Guide to Public Opinion and Electoral Behavior

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

  '64 '66 '68 '70 '72 '74 '76 '78 '80 '82 '84 '86 '88 '90 '92 '94 '96 '98 '00 '02 '04 '08 '12 '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 2101 5878 4241

Percentage Within Study Year
Table 5A.2.

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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?"

Percent among demographic groups who responded:

Few Big Interests
Benefit of All

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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