The ANES Guide to Public Opinion and Electoral Behavior

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Public Officials Don't Care What People Think 1952-2008
PERCENT AMONG DEMOGRAPHIC GROUPS WHO RESPONDED :      'Agree'


  % OF GROUP: '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
Males 33 ** 27 ** 23 ** 37 32 42 49 48 53 51 50 53 48 42 53 52 62 53 66 66 60 57 36 48 63
Females 37 ** 26 ** 26 ** 36 36 44 46 50 48 52 51 52 46 43 52 50 65 52 66 57 63 56 28 52 58
  '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
Whites 33 ** 24 ** 23 ** 35 33 42 45 47 48 50 50 51 46 41 48 48 62 52 65 60 61 56 29 48 60
Blacks 55 ** 47 ** 35 ** 48 47 53 69 69 68 64 58 57 56 50 66 59 71 56 67 66 67 61 49 60 63
  '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
Grade Sch./Some High Sch. 49 ** 47 ** 39 ** 56 53 68 73 70 74 72 72 70 64 63 64 68 77 66 80 76 82 75 68 74 75
High School Diploma 29 ** 20 ** 21 ** 34 34 42 45 51 53 54 54 56 51 47 60 57 68 59 74 68 67 63 36 58 65
Some College, no Degree 17 ** 12 ** 11 ** 23 15 28 32 33 33 45 44 44 46 33 49 46 64 48 59 56 62 55 29 48 58
College Degree/ Post-grad 11 ** 7 ** 15 ** 17 10 20 21 30 25 28 30 39 28 30 31 34 45 39 51 50 46 43 20 36 54
  '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
Income 0-16 Percentile 54 ** 46 ** 40 ** 60 49 63 69 65 60 68 62 65 61 56 63 65 69 62 72 58 60 60 ** 60 63
Income 17-33 Percentile 41 ** 34 ** 33 ** 38 50 53 61 57 62 63 58 57 52 51 56 57 66 57 70 69 67 61 ** 54 66
Income 34-67 Percentile 30 ** 24 ** 20 ** 33 29 39 50 48 46 50 50 50 48 39 51 52 64 50 65 64 67 62 ** 47 58
Income 68-95 Percentile 27 ** 17 ** 21 ** 25 27 29 33 39 42 42 44 44 38 33 44 38 59 47 62 59 57 50 ** 46 60
Income 96-100 Percentile 14 ** 5 ** 3 ** 17 21 27 20 25 27 30 32 43 32 25 33 29 46 40 43 44 45 33 ** 38 43
  '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
Professionals 19 ** 13 ** 16 ** 24 ** 29 29 34 36 40 40 42 35 32 39 41 53 44 58 55 52 49 ** 44 **
White Collar 26 ** 15 ** 15 ** 31 ** 34 36 42 40 46 47 50 46 41 48 46 64 48 62 58 66 55 ** 49 **
Blue Collar 36 ** 30 ** 27 ** 43 ** 53 56 58 60 62 58 60 54 49 66 60 70 61 75 69 71 70 ** 58 **
Unskilled 49 ** 44 ** 33 ** 40 ** 45 63 65 81 54 61 60 54 56 50 57 63 61 72 88 84 60 ** 61 **
Farmers 48 ** 43 ** 33 ** 61 ** 58 78 61 53 57 61 52 57 55 63 58 59 55 69 70 34 49 ** 40 **
Housewives 37 ** 27 ** 29 ** 34 ** 42 52 53 52 50 54 52 52 41 51 52 67 54 66 59 64 51 ** 48 **
  '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
Union Households 32 ** 27 ** 24 ** 36 36 46 47 53 54 53 53 53 51 40 54 48 64 57 70 72 63 54 34 51 65
Non-Union Households 36 ** 26 ** 24 ** 36 34 42 47 48 48 51 50 52 46 43 52 51 64 51 65 59 61 57 31 50 60
  '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
South 46 ** 35 ** 36 ** 46 46 49 55 57 58 61 51 52 49 46 55 59 70 53 64 60 60 62 35 49 62
Nonsouth 32 ** 24 ** 21 ** 33 31 41 44 46 47 48 50 52 46 41 51 47 61 52 67 62 62 54 30 50 59
  '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
Born 1991 or later ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** 49
Born 1975-1990 ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** 38 56 52 53 58 39 55 61
Born 1959-1974 ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** 46 48 42 38 49 49 55 51 63 58 61 57 28 45 64
Born 1943-1958 ** ** ** ** ** ** 35 22 36 43 44 43 50 46 52 46 37 54 49 62 48 64 59 61 53 30 47 72
Born 1927-1942 30 ** 22 ** 24 ** 32 28 36 39 46 50 45 49 49 46 46 54 48 70 57 66 65 68 61 33 57 53
Born 1911-1926 32 ** 23 ** 20 ** 32 33 40 46 50 49 52 56 52 50 45 49 57 74 56 82 76 64 56 35 54 **
Born 1895-1910 31 ** 28 ** 23 ** 43 43 57 58 59 60 64 63 60 50 61 57 64 76 62 81 45 92 66 57 ** **
Born before 1895 49 ** 39 ** 38 ** 52 51 57 67 57 67 57 52 67 83 50 ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** **
  '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
Democrats (incl leaners) 35 ** 29 ** 25 ** 37 36 45 48 54 50 55 51 54 50 45 58 56 66 52 66 61 61 56 36 55 58
Independents 39 ** 25 ** 34 ** 43 33 49 52 56 59 58 57 57 50 49 59 56 69 58 75 63 71 67 42 61 57
Republicans (incl leaners) 32 ** 19 ** 18 ** 32 32 37 42 39 44 43 47 48 41 38 41 44 59 50 63 61 59 53 23 43 65
  '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
Liberals ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** 42 43 48 46 45 41 37 50 48 54 48 57 50 51 54 31 56 54
Moderates ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** 43 46 47 48 55 45 37 48 52 65 51 67 63 64 51 28 47 65
Conservatives ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** 40 44 44 46 48 41 36 49 44 62 51 63 61 62 48 27 46 62

    ___   (underline) indicates 50 or fewer total respondents within group
    **     indicates question not asked or no cases within group
          2008 NOTE: open-ended coding of occupation is not yet complete.
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Table 5B.3.1
Source: The American National Election Studies
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NOTE: variable used for race grouping has changed. See Table 1A.3

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