The ANES Guide to Public Opinion and Electoral Behavior

Voter Registration 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
Nonvoter, Not Registered 20
(337)
** 18
(320)
** 16
(289)
** 14
(203)
** 15
(205)
** 16
(186)
** 20
(472)
28
(642)
21
(298)
23
(322)
18
(367)
26
(567)
20
(355)
30
(596)
18
(408)
24
(431)
14
(217)
19
(245)
15
(237)
14
(182)
10
(111)
13
(284)
9
(521)
11
(388)
Nonvoter, Registered 7
(126)
** 9
(157)
** 5
(95)
** 8
(121)
** 9
(131)
** 10
(112)
** 9
(211)
17
(400)
7
(105)
17
(235)
8
(158)
21
(465)
10
(183)
23
(460)
7
(153)
20
(364)
13
(190)
28
(360)
12
(180)
23
(307)
13
(136)
9
(180)
17
(1016)
13
(481)
Voted (Registered) 73
(1251)
** 73
(1285)
** 79
(1445)
** 78
(1126)
** 76
(1055)
** 74
(853)
** 72
(1720)
55
(1250)
71
(1004)
60
(849)
74
(1464)
53
(1142)
70
(1235)
47
(923)
75
(1695)
56
(999)
73
(1096)
52
(666)
73
(1121)
63
(820)
77
(812)
78
(1640)
74
(4283)
76
(2792)
N 1714 0 1762 0 1829 0 1450 0 1391 0 1151 0 2403 2292 1407 1406 1989 2174 1773 1979 2256 1794 1503 1271 1538 1309 1059 2104 5820 3661

Percentage Within Study Year
Table 6A.1.

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Question Text:

1952-1976,1980: "Now how about the election this November. (1952-1964: Do you know if you are; 1968-1980: Are you) registered/eligible so that you could vote in the November election if you wanted to?"
1952,1978,1982-LATER: "Were you registered to vote in this election?"

Percent among demographic groups who responded:

Not Registered
Registered Voter or Nonvoter

Note:

1972 Form II respondents were not asked about registration; Form II nonvoters are not represented.
For 1952 cases without pre-election interviews, post-election registration data have been used.

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

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