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Do People in Government Waste Tax Money 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
A Lot : 43 ** ** 47 ** 59 69 66 74 74 77 78 66 65 ** 63 67 67 70 59 61 59 48 61 72 71
Some : 42 ** ** 44 ** 34 26 30 22 20 19 18 29 29 ** 33 30 30 27 39 34 38 49 37 26 26
Not Very Much: 10 ** ** 7 ** 4 4 2 1 3 2 2 2 4 ** 2 2 2 2 1 4 3 3 2 1 3
Don't Know : 4 ** ** 2 ** 3 1 2 2 3 2 2 3 2 ** 2 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 1 1 0
N   1774     1447   1343 1502 2282 2515 2865 2291 1607 1403 1920   1768 1962 2249 1769 1500 1278 1541 1311 1059 2109 5903

PERCENTAGE WITHIN STUDY YEAR
Table 5A.3
Source: The American National Election Studies
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QUESTION TEXT:

"Do you think that people in the government waste a lot of money
we pay in taxes, waste some of it, or don't waste very much of it?"


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 VCF0606 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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