The ANES Guide to Public Opinion and Electoral Behavior

Elections Make the Government Pay Attention 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
Not Much 7
(94)
9
(115)
8
(112)
8
(77)
8
(165)
11
(285)
10
(247)
10
(226)
13
(176)
** 20
(449)
** 17
(306)
** 11
(256)
** 15
(229)
13
(161)
13
(206)
9
(114)
7
(78)
11
(230)
22
(1299)
27
(1142)
Some 25
(357)
25
(319)
28
(382)
30
(275)
36
(780)
35
(890)
36
(852)
32
(738)
35
(487)
** 37
(822)
** 44
(782)
** 41
(922)
** 42
(635)
41
(529)
41
(639)
40
(529)
37
(388)
42
(887)
50
(2949)
46
(1969)
A Good Deal 65
(937)
62
(800)
60
(799)
58
(531)
55
(1191)
50
(1249)
52
(1241)
56
(1278)
51
(712)
** 42
(947)
** 37
(654)
** 47
(1045)
** 42
(629)
45
(578)
44
(686)
51
(675)
56
(592)
47
(987)
28
(1644)
27
(1137)
Don't Know, Depends 4
(57)
4
(48)
4
(49)
3
(26)
2
(48)
3
(85)
2
(59)
2
(48)
2
(32)
** 1
(25)
** 1
(25)
** 1
(23)
** 0
(4)
1
(8)
1
(11)
0
(0)
0
(2)
0
(9)
0
(8)
0
(4)
N 1445 1282 1342 909 2184 2509 2399 2290 1407 0 2243 0 1767 0 2246 0 1497 1276 1542 1318 1060 2113 5900 4252

Percentage Within Study Year
Table 5C.2.

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Question Text:

"And how much do you feel that having elections makes the government pay attention to what the people think, a good deal, some or not much?"

Percent among demographic groups who responded:

Not Much
Some
A Good Deal

Note:

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

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