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Public Officials Don't Care What People Think 1952-2008

  '52 '54 '56 '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
Agree : 35 ** 26 ** 25 ** 36 34 43 47 49 50 51 51 52 47 42 52 51 63 52 66 61 62 56 31 50 60
Disagree : 63 ** 71 ** 73 ** 62 57 55 50 49 46 44 45 43 50 57 43 37 23 37 22 24 25 33 46 34 23
Neither : - ** - ** - ** - - - - - - - - - - - - 11 13 10 11 15 13 10 23 15 17
Don't Know, Depends: 2 ** 2 ** 2 ** 2 9 2 3 2 4 4 4 4 4 1 5 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
N   1765   1740   1892   1557 1289 1337 1502 2689 2505 2387 2281 1397 1402 2229 1082 1763 1963 2247 1768 1501 1278 1541 1316 1061 1044

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

1952-1988,1992: "'I don't think public officials care much what
people like me think.'"
1990,1994-later: "'Public officials don't care much what people
like me think.'"


Graph of Response:


Percent among demographic groups who responded:

 
 
NOTE: The option 'Neither Agree Nor Disagree' was introduced in 1988 and has affected distributions.

This question is variable VCF0609 in the ANES Cumulative Data File dataset.
Consult the Cumulative Data File codebook for complete question text and annotation.
Weight variable VCF0009A was used to produce this table (see weight documentation)

(Table generated: 05AUG10)


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