The ANES Guide to Public Opinion and Electoral Behavior

Public Officials Don't Care What People Think 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 35
(618)
** 26
(459)
** 25
(464)
** 36
(564)
34
(443)
43
(573)
47
(710)
49
(1319)
50
(1249)
51
(1226)
51
(1155)
52
(728)
47
(657)
42
(945)
52
(565)
51
(896)
63
(1246)
52
(1173)
66
(1165)
61
(920)
62
(786)
56
(869)
31
(414)
50
(531)
60
(628)
61
(1811)
59
(2142)
Disagree 63
(1109)
** 71
(1241)
** 73
(1389)
** 62
(961)
57
(730)
55
(739)
50
(747)
49
(1315)
46
(1144)
44
(1057)
45
(1024)
43
(607)
50
(694)
57
(1271)
43
(463)
37
(661)
23
(455)
37
(841)
22
(393)
24
(360)
25
(322)
33
(503)
46
(601)
34
(363)
23
(241)
18
(529)
18
(638)
Neither - ** - ** - ** - - - - - - - - - - - - 11
(201)
13
(247)
10
(220)
11
(203)
15
(219)
13
(165)
10
(161)
23
(300)
15
(163)
17
(174)
21
(616)
23
(844)
Don't Know, Depends 2
(38)
** 2
(40)
** 2
(39)
** 2
(32)
9
(116)
2
(25)
3
(45)
2
(55)
4
(112)
4
(105)
4
(102)
4
(62)
4
(51)
1
(13)
5
(54)
0
(5)
1
(15)
1
(14)
0
(8)
0
(3)
0
(4)
1
(8)
0
(2)
0
(4)
0
(1)
0
(5)
0
(4)
N 1765 0 1740 0 1892 0 1557 1289 1337 1502 2689 2505 2388 2281 1397 1402 2229 1082 1763 1963 2248 1769 1502 1277 1541 1317 1061 1044 2961 3628

Percentage Within Study Year
Table 5B.3.

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Question Text:

1952-1988,1992: "'I don't think public officials care much what people like me think.'"
1990,1994-later: "'Public officials don't care much what people like me think.'"

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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