The ANES Guide to Public Opinion and Electoral Behavior

Do People in Government Waste Tax Money 1958-2016

  '58 '60 '62 '64 '66 '68 '70 '72 '74 '76 '78 '80 '82 '84 '86 '88 '90 '92 '94 '96 '98 '00 '02 '04 '08 '12 '16
A Lot 43
(769)
** ** 47
(679)
** 59
(793)
69
(1034)
66
(1502)
74
(1862)
74
(2119)
77
(1767)
78
(1258)
66
(923)
65
(1244)
** 63
(1112)
67
(1305)
67
(1514)
70
(1239)
59
(885)
61
(782)
59
(902)
48
(624)
61
(643)
72
(1523)
71
(4168)
71
(3022)
Some 42
(752)
** ** 44
(639)
** 34
(461)
26
(396)
30
(686)
22
(562)
20
(571)
19
(431)
18
(282)
29
(408)
29
(566)
** 33
(583)
30
(592)
30
(668)
27
(483)
39
(590)
34
(439)
38
(588)
49
(642)
37
(388)
26
(542)
26
(1533)
25
(1055)
Not Very Much 10
(183)
** ** 7
(95)
** 4
(55)
4
(54)
2
(53)
1
(34)
3
(82)
2
(38)
2
(32)
2
(32)
4
(69)
** 2
(43)
2
(37)
2
(41)
2
(34)
1
(22)
4
(45)
3
(39)
3
(43)
2
(21)
1
(30)
3
(178)
4
(166)
Don't Know 4
(70)
** ** 2
(34)
** 3
(34)
1
(18)
2
(41)
2
(57)
3
(94)
2
(55)
2
(35)
3
(40)
2
(41)
** 2
(30)
1
(28)
1
(26)
1
(13)
0
(3)
1
(12)
1
(12)
0
(2)
1
(8)
1
(14)
0
(24)
0
(4)
N 1774 0 0 1447 0 1343 1502 2282 2515 2866 2291 1607 1403 1920 0 1768 1962 2249 1769 1500 1278 1541 1311 1060 2109 5903 4247

Percentage Within Study Year
Table 5A.3.

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Question Text:

"Do you think that people in the government waste a lot of money we pay in taxes, waste some of it, or don't waste very much of it?"

Percent among demographic groups who responded:

A Lot
Some
Not Very Much

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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