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General Interest in Public Affairs 1960-2008
PERCENT AMONG DEMOGRAPHIC GROUPS WHO RESPONDED :      'Most of the Time'


  % OF GROUP: '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 26 21 37 44 41 ** 45 45 45 29 33 35 33 33 30 35 32 33 29 34 29 33 31 33
Females 17 12 25 28 27 ** 30 34 33 18 21 23 21 21 17 21 21 23 15 20 13 22 21 20
  '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 non-Hispanic 21 17 31 37 35 ** 38 39 39 24 27 29 28 27 25 29 28 28 21 28 20 26 27 26
Black non-Hispanic 20 9 27 22 21 ** 29 36 31 17 20 32 19 24 18 27 21 31 25 29 17 26 18 28
Hispanic ** ** ** 8 0 ** 26 22 23 20 24 15 19 20 12 21 16 17 17 17 11 17 21 24
Race oth/mult non-Hisp ** ** ** 25 25 ** 33 36 14 16 18 18 15 26 6 20 19 30 30 22 28 42 34 27
  '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. 16 10 19 23 21 ** 23 29 27 16 23 18 18 19 12 17 19 11 17 13 15 34 16 22
High School Diploma 20 15 28 33 29 ** 31 35 30 18 20 20 21 19 15 19 19 24 18 19 14 20 22 17
Some College, no Degree 25 16 45 45 45 ** 47 46 46 26 32 34 28 27 25 30 28 28 19 30 17 23 21 26
College Degree/ Post-grad 35 32 50 59 55 ** 60 58 64 41 39 48 42 44 39 51 42 43 31 41 33 41 39 41
  '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 15 13 22 23 20 ** 27 33 26 17 24 21 21 19 16 22 19 24 24 25 12 ** 22 22
Income 17-33 Percentile 16 9 26 38 28 ** 37 36 39 19 26 27 28 25 20 20 22 27 17 20 16 ** 26 20
Income 34-67 Percentile 20 14 27 33 33 ** 33 37 35 22 26 26 28 24 21 27 26 29 19 25 18 ** 25 25
Income 68-95 Percentile 26 19 36 39 43 ** 45 44 42 27 25 33 25 31 26 33 32 31 24 32 24 ** 31 31
Income 96-100 Percentile 26 37 55 53 46 ** 58 62 61 38 49 54 40 48 31 40 34 40 35 39 35 ** 37 38
  '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 32 ** 46 ** 51 ** 56 51 54 31 38 43 38 42 34 44 37 39 31 41 26 ** 32 **
White Collar 25 ** 31 ** 34 ** 37 41 37 22 23 28 27 24 22 26 23 25 18 26 18 ** 25 **
Blue Collar 17 ** 27 ** 28 ** 31 33 35 21 25 23 22 22 17 22 22 23 19 21 17 ** 24 **
Unskilled 18 ** 28 ** 30 ** 34 19 25 15 23 21 11 13 14 14 16 15 13 2 11 ** 9 **
Farmers 17 ** 28 ** 31 ** 23 42 30 37 28 34 23 15 36 27 21 27 27 4 30 ** 35 **
Housewives 16 ** 25 ** 25 ** 30 34 31 19 20 19 20 16 11 19 25 25 14 18 17 ** 20 **
  '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 19 ** 26 30 32 ** 33 38 37 24 28 25 26 25 23 28 23 27 20 30 20 23 29 28
Non-Union Households 21 ** 32 37 33 ** 38 39 38 23 26 29 27 26 22 27 27 28 22 26 20 28 25 26
  '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 22 16 30 33 38 ** 31 40 38 23 28 29 26 23 20 25 26 27 21 23 21 27 26 27
Nonsouth 20 16 31 35 31 ** 38 38 38 23 26 28 27 28 23 28 26 28 22 29 19 26 26 26
  '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 ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** **
Born 1975-1990 ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** 15 12 2 12 5 17 13 14
Born 1959-1974 ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** 10 9 13 17 13 14 18 17 22 16 21 14 16 23 25
Born 1943-1958 ** ** 24 22 25 ** 31 28 27 18 19 25 23 23 20 27 26 30 24 32 25 34 30 32
Born 1927-1942 19 12 26 29 30 ** 37 41 40 25 31 33 28 34 25 33 34 35 27 31 28 39 38 38
Born 1911-1926 20 13 32 39 38 ** 41 46 47 31 34 34 36 39 34 38 36 34 29 41 31 50 30 29
Born 1895-1910 23 21 34 43 36 ** 41 45 46 29 40 35 35 25 26 33 32 35 37 22 10 45 ** **
Born before 1895 21 21 34 31 26 ** 30 48 37 23 10 29 100 0 ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** ** **
  '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) 19 16 28 31 32 ** 35 41 39 22 24 30 27 27 21 30 27 26 20 28 20 29 26 29
Independents 21 15 18 31 28 ** 29 29 25 16 20 13 20 17 14 12 18 19 10 17 11 11 14 7
Republicans (incl leaners) 25 17 39 43 38 ** 41 41 42 29 32 32 28 28 26 30 28 32 25 28 22 27 29 29
  '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 ** ** ** ** ** ** 51 49 49 26 32 38 36 33 26 42 33 32 23 41 23 31 33 33
Moderates ** ** ** ** ** ** 37 41 36 25 27 29 26 26 23 27 30 23 18 26 19 28 24 27
Conservatives ** ** ** ** ** ** 44 47 53 33 36 39 35 34 30 37 32 38 29 31 29 30 32 32

    ___   (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 6D.5.4
Source: The American National Election Studies
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NOTE: variable used for race grouping has changed. See Table 1A.3

(Table generated: 26OCT15)