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Trust the Federal Government 1958-2012

  '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
None of the Time (vol.): 0 ** ** 0 2 0 0 1 1 1 4 4 3 1 2 2 2 2 3 1 1 1 0 1 2 2
Some of the Time : 23 ** ** 22 28 36 44 44 61 62 64 69 62 53 57 56 69 68 74 66 58 55 44 52 68 76
Most of the Time : 57 ** ** 62 48 54 47 48 34 30 27 23 31 40 35 36 25 26 19 30 36 40 51 43 25 20
Just About Always : 16 ** ** 14 17 7 6 5 2 3 2 2 2 4 3 4 3 3 2 3 4 4 5 4 5 2
Don't Know, Depends : 4 ** ** 1 4 2 2 2 2 3 3 2 3 2 2 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
N   1774     1445 1285 1337 1497 2279 2499 2859 2288 1606 1401 1921 1081 1768 1963 2247 1769 1496 1278 1541 1312 1061 1059 2972

PERCENTAGE WITHIN STUDY YEAR
Table 5A.1
Source: The American National Election Studies
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QUESTION TEXT:

""How much of the time do you think you can trust the government in
Washington to do what is right-- just about always, most of the time
or only some of the time?"


Graph of Response:


Percent among demographic groups who responded:

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

For 2012, the 'Don't Know/Other' category represents face-to-face
Don't Know cases only (in the 2012 Web instrument, a Don't Know
category was not present).

This question is variable VCF0604 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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