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Liberal-Conservative Self-Identification 1972-2012

  '72 '74 '76 '78 '80 '82 '84 '86 '88 '90 '92 '94 '96 '98 '00 '02 '04 '08 '12
Extremely Liberal : 1 2 1 2 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 1 2 2 2 2 3 3
Liberal : 7 11 7 8 6 6 7 6 6 7 8 6 7 7 9 12 9 10 10
Slightly Liberal : 10 8 8 10 9 8 9 11 9 8 10 7 10 9 9 9 8 9 11
Moderate, Middle of Road: 27 26 25 27 20 22 23 28 22 24 23 26 24 28 23 22 25 22 32
Slightly Conservative : 15 12 12 14 13 13 14 15 15 14 15 14 15 15 12 10 12 12 14
Conservative : 10 12 11 11 13 12 13 13 14 10 13 19 15 13 15 21 16 17 18
Extremely Conservative : 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 2 3 3 3 2 3 4 3 3 4
DK, Haven't Thought : 28 27 33 27 36 36 30 25 30 33 27 24 25 23 27 22 25 25 8
N   2155 2478 2839 2284 1565 1400 2229 2170 2035 1967 2483 1783 1712 1280 849 1490 1211 2319 5870

PERCENTAGE WITHIN STUDY YEAR
Table 3.1
Source: The American National Election Studies
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QUESTION TEXT:

ALL YEARS EXC. 2000 TELEPHONE AND 2002: "Here is (1972,1974: I'm
going to show you) a 7-point scale on which the political views
that people might hold are arranged from extremely liberal to
extremely conservative."
"Where would you place yourself on this scale, or haven't you thought
much about this?" (7-POINT SCALE SHOWN TO R)"
2000 TELEPHONE AND 2002: "When it comes to politics do you usually
think of yourself as extremely liberal, liberal, slightly liberal,
moderate or middle of the road, slightly conservative, extremely
conservative, or haven't you thought much about this?"


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, Don't Know and Haven't thought much
about it' were not present as onscreen categories for Internet
Respondents. Data here for the Guide category combining these
two responses represent face-to-face cases only.

This question is variable VCF0803 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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