The ANES Guide to Public Opinion and Electoral Behavior

People Don't Have a Say in What the Government Does 1952-2016

  '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 '08 '12 '16
Agree 31
(549)
** 28
(492)
** 27
(523)
** 29
(457)
34
(440)
41
(549)
36
(534)
40
(1083)
40
(1015)
41
(983)
45
(1029)
39
(550)
45
(637)
32
(706)
** 41
(730)
54
(1059)
36
(818)
56
(996)
53
(905)
42
(538)
41
(624)
29
(381)
43
(456)
49
(516)
48
(1434)
50
(1825)
Disagree 68
(1196)
** 71
(1245)
** 72
(1388)
** 70
(1087)
60
(776)
58
(782)
64
(958)
59
(1590)
57
(1440)
56
(1348)
53
(1210)
59
(831)
52
(728)
68
(1517)
** 50
(876)
34
(669)
57
(1282)
34
(595)
38
(647)
46
(582)
50
(763)
57
(753)
45
(479)
40
(420)
35
(1031)
32
(1145)
Neither - ** - ** - ** - - - - - - - - - - - ** 8
(150)
11
(223)
6
(135)
10
(169)
9
(156)
12
(153)
9
(146)
14
(179)
12
(126)
10
(107)
17
(492)
18
(654)
Don't Know, Depends 1
(24)
** 1
(15)
** 1
(11)
** 1
(20)
6
(74)
0
(6)
1
(12)
1
(20)
3
(64)
3
(63)
2
(52)
2
(22)
3
(37)
0
(11)
** 1
(9)
1
(12)
1
(12)
0
(7)
0
(3)
0
(3)
0
(7)
0
(3)
0
(1)
0
(1)
0
(3)
0
(2)
N 1769 0 1752 0 1922 0 1564 1290 1337 1504 2693 2519 2394 2291 1403 1402 2234 0 1765 1963 2247 1767 1711 1276 1540 1316 1062 1044 2960 3626

Percentage Within Study Year
Table 5B.2.

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Question Text:

"'People like me don't have any say about what the government does.'"

Percent among demographic groups who responded:

Agree
Disagree
Neither

Note:

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

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

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