The ANES Guide to Public Opinion and Electoral Behavior

Interest in Current Campaign 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
Not Much Interested 29
(510)
** 31
(539)
41
(736)
25
(482)
26
(338)
25
(393)
29
(375)
21
(321)
24
(358)
27
(740)
** 21
(606)
34
(778)
26
(407)
30
(422)
25
(558)
33
(725)
25
(509)
33
(657)
17
(430)
27
(472)
25
(433)
31
(399)
24
(431)
27
(405)
17
(200)
16
(188)
17
(981)
14
(610)
Somewhat Interested 34
(605)
** 40
(694)
33
(595)
37
(715)
38
(489)
37
(573)
40
(514)
40
(624)
43
(642)
41
(1110)
** 42
(1207)
45
(1025)
44
(692)
44
(626)
47
(1054)
44
(959)
47
(960)
46
(900)
44
(1088)
47
(831)
50
(858)
48
(618)
50
(900)
53
(800)
44
(529)
41
(492)
42
(2508)
37
(1561)
Very Much Interested 37
(656)
** 30
(520)
27
(481)
38
(722)
36
(467)
38
(598)
30
(383)
39
(601)
34
(506)
31
(849)
** 37
(1043)
22
(496)
30
(466)
26
(367)
28
(638)
22
(488)
28
(567)
21
(421)
39
(960)
27
(475)
25
(424)
21
(263)
26
(477)
20
(301)
40
(482)
44
(529)
41
(2422)
49
(2097)
Don't Know 0
(5)
** 0
(1)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(1)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
** 0
(1)
0
(1)
0
(2)
0
(0)
0
(1)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(1)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
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N 1776 0 1754 1812 1919 1294 1565 1272 1546 1506 2699 0 2857 2300 1567 1415 2251 2172 2036 1978 2478 1778 1715 1280 1808 1507 1211 1209 5911 4268

Percentage Within Study Year
Table 6D.6.

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Question Text:

"Some people don't pay much attention to the political campaigns. How about you, would you say that you have been/were very much interested, somewhat interested, or not much interested in following the political campaigns (so far) this year?"

Percent among demographic groups who responded:

Not Much Interested
Somewhat Interested
Very Much Interested

Note:

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

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