The ANES Guide to Public Opinion and Electoral Behavior

General Interest in Public Affairs 1960-2008

  '60 '62 '64 '66 '68 '70 '72 '74 '76 '78 '80 '82 '84 '86 '88 '90 '92 '94 '96 '98 '00 '02 '04 '08
Hardly at All 37
(684)
42
(538)
11
(162)
17
(221)
18
(237)
** 11
(249)
11
(278)
12
(287)
17
(396)
15
(214)
15
(208)
14
(270)
15
(315)
15
(268)
16
(318)
11
(252)
14
(251)
13
(196)
12
(149)
16
(239)
9
(119)
10
(101)
12
(123)
Only Now and Then - - 17
(244)
18
(228)
19
(251)
** 16
(347)
14
(349)
18
(439)
25
(571)
23
(328)
21
(299)
23
(445)
24
(521)
25
(449)
23
(449)
21
(471)
23
(409)
26
(397)
25
(318)
29
(447)
22
(291)
23
(246)
25
(262)
Some of the Time 42
(762)
42
(549)
42
(602)
30
(390)
31
(413)
** 36
(791)
36
(900)
31
(754)
34
(771)
35
(488)
35
(500)
36
(700)
35
(742)
37
(649)
33
(651)
41
(929)
35
(614)
39
(587)
37
(471)
36
(545)
42
(556)
41
(437)
37
(397)
Most of the Time 21
(380)
16
(206)
30
(439)
35
(448)
33
(444)
** 36
(799)
39
(970)
38
(908)
23
(528)
26
(370)
29
(403)
26
(508)
26
(561)
22
(395)
27
(539)
26
(591)
28
(495)
21
(321)
27
(343)
20
(301)
27
(351)
26
(274)
26
(277)
Don't Know 0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(1)
0
(0)
** 0
(5)
1
(16)
1
(13)
1
(14)
0
(4)
0
(3)
0
(3)
0
(9)
0
(4)
0
(4)
0
(4)
0
(2)
0
(1)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(1)
0
(1)
N 1826 1293 1447 1288 1345 0 2191 2513 2401 2280 1404 1413 1926 2148 1765 1961 2247 1771 1502 1281 1532 1317 1059 1060

Percentage Within Study Year
Table 6D.5.

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Question Text:

1964 AND LATER: "Some people seem to follow (1964: think about) what's going on in government and public affairs most of the time, whether there's an election going on or not. Others aren't that interested. Would you say you follow what's going on in government and public affairs most of the time, some of the time, only now and then, or hardly at all?"
1960, 1962: "We'd also like to know how much attention you pay to what's going on in politics generally. I mean from day to day, when there isn't any big election campaign going on, would you say you follow politics very closely, fairly closely, or not much at all?"

Percent among demographic groups who responded:

Hardly At All
Only Now and Then
Some of the Time
Most of the Time

Note:

This question was administered to a half-sample in 2008 and was
replaced in 2012.

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