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Is One Party More Conservative 1960-2012

  '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
Yes, Democrats : 11 ** 14 ** 9 16 15 ** 17 ** ** ** 15 ** 12 18 12 ** ** ** ** ** 17 16 10
Yes, Republicans : 61 ** 59 ** 63 51 57 ** 54 ** ** ** 53 ** 57 44 57 ** ** ** ** ** 68 67 73
No, Both Same, Don't Know: 28 ** 27 ** 28 33 28 ** 29 ** ** ** 32 ** 31 38 31 ** ** ** ** ** 15 17 18
N   1811   1435   1339 1496 1109   2818       972   1772 974 2251           1059 2106 5428

PERCENTAGE WITHIN STUDY YEAR
Table 2B.5
Source: The American National Election Studies
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QUESTION TEXT:

1960-1976: "Would you say that one of the parties (1972: either
party) is more conservative or more liberal than the other
(1970-1976: at the national level?)?"
(IF YES:) "Which party is more conservative?"
(IF NO in 1960,1968/ IF NO or DK in 1964,1970,1972,1976:) "Do you
think that people generally consider the Democrats or the Republicans
more conservative or wouldn't you want to guess about that?"
1984 and later: "Would you say that either one of the parties
is more conservative than the other at the national level?"
(IF YES:) "Which party is more conservative?"


Graph of Response:


Percent among demographic groups who responded:

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

In the 2012 Web instrument, a Don't Know category was not present
(not appearing as an onscreen choice) for most survey questions.
For face-to-face cases, about 4% answered Don't Know and are
included for valid responses together with 'no, one party not more
conservative' responses.
However, many more Web Respondents than face-to-face respondents
(approximately twice as many) chose the category 'no, one
party not more conservative'.

This question is variable VCF0502 in the ANES Cumulative Data File dataset.
Consult the Cumulative Data File codebook for complete question text and annotation.
Weight variable VCF0009z was used to produce this table (see weight documentation)

(Table generated: 11NOV15)


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