Politics is Too Complicated 1952 -2014

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  '52 '54 '56 '58 '60 '62 '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
Agree 71
(1258)
** 64
(1107)
** 59
(1113)
** 67
(1044)
69
(892)
71
(952)
73
(1101)
74
(1982)
72
(1806)
71
(1710)
72
(1647)
70
(983)
** 71
(1580)
** 70
(1239)
66
(1293)
66
(1472)
65
(1155)
63
(942)
73
(928)
60
(928)
** ** ** 68
(711)
** 56
(1647)
**
Disagree 28
(506)
** 36
(627)
** 41
(781)
** 32
(493)
27
(343)
29
(384)
26
(390)
26
(699)
26
(657)
27
(641)
26
(604)
28
(393)
** 29
(650)
** 21
(376)
24
(471)
27
(606)
25
(446)
28
(413)
20
(252)
32
(499)
** ** ** 20
(211)
** 29
(850)
**
Neither - ** - ** - ** - - - - - - - - - ** - ** 8
(146)
10
(189)
7
(162)
9
(161)
10
(145)
7
(93)
7
(112)
** ** ** 11
(119)
** 16
(467)
**
Don't Know, Depends 1
(15)
** 0
(8)
** 0
(6)
** 1
(21)
4
(54)
0
(5)
1
(11)
0
(13)
1
(37)
2
(41)
2
(37)
2
(28)
** 0
(9)
** 0
(4)
1
(10)
0
(7)
0
(7)
0
(1)
0
(5)
0
(2)
** ** ** 0
(2)
** 0
(1)
**
N 1779 0 1742 0 1900 0 1558 1289 1341 1502 2694 2500 2392 2288 1404 0 2239 0 1765 1963 2247 1769 1501 1278 1541 0 0 0 1043 0 2965 0

Percentage Within Study Year
Table 5B.1.
Source: VCF0614 in the ANES Cumulative Data File dataset, weighted with VCF0009z
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Percent among demographic groups who responded:

Agree
Disagree
Neither

Question Text:

"'Sometimes politics and government seem so complicated that a person like me can't really understand what's going on.'"

Note:

The option 'Neither Agree Nor Disagree' was introduced in 1988 and has affected distributions.

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

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