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- Political Efficacy
- Political Cynicism
- Voter Involvement Measures
[Methodology]

Political Efficacy

(Asked of One-half of respondents)
Now we'd like to get your opinion on the importance of the outcome of next year's presidential election to the lives of people like you.  Do you think who wins the election will make a great deal of difference in the lives of people like you, quite a bit of difference, just some, only a little, or no difference?

Men Women
November 10-14
A great deal 11% 16%
Quite a bit 17 18
Just some 32 32
Only a little 20 20
None at all 20 15
December 21-26
A great deal 9 12
Quite a bit 11 15
Just some 29 36
Only a little 31 23
None at all 20 15
February 4-9
A great deal 7 12
Quite a bit 17 18
Just some 27 29
Only a little 31 22
None at all 18 20
March 15-19
A great deal 9 6
Quite a bit 18 20
Just some 26 38
Only a little 26 22
None at all 20 16
Four Surveys Combined
A great deal 9 11
Quite a bit 16 17
Just some 28 34
Only a little 27 22
None at all 20 16

(Asked of One-half of respondents)
Now we'd like to get your opinion on the importance of the outcome of next year's presidential election to the future of the country as a whole. Do you think who wins the election will make a great deal of difference in the country. s future, quite a bit of difference, just some, only a little, or no difference?

Men Women
November 10-14
A great deal 16% 19%
Quite a bit 28 27
Just some 29 33
Only a little 18 9
None at all 8 12
December 21-26
A great deal 7 11
Quite a bit 14 19
Just some 39 38
Only a little 27 20
None at all 14 12
February 4-9
A great deal 9 15
Quite a bit 18 19
  Just some 30 34
Only a little 32 21
None at all 11 12
March 15-19
A great deal 13 11
Quite a bit 23 20
Just some 34 40
Only a little 17 21
None at all 14 8
Four Surveys Combined
A great deal 11 14
Quite a bit 21 21
Just some 33 36
Only a little 23 18
None at all 12 11

(Asked of One-half of respondents)
How much influence do you think people like you have on what our government does? A great deal, quite, just some, only a little, or none?

Men Women
November 10-14
A great deal 9% 6%
Quite a bit 13 14
Just some 26 33
Only a little 31 33
None at all 22 15
December 28 . January 2
A great deal 6% 10%
Quite a bit 11 13
Just some 28 26
Only a little 35 34
None at all 20 17
March 15-19
A great deal 12 12
Quite a bit 8 8
Just some 21 29
Only a little 34 31
None at all 26 20
Three Surveys Combined
A great deal 11 14
Quite a bit 21 21
Just some 33 36
Only a little 23 18
None at all 12 11

Political Cynicism

(Asked of One-half of respondents, March 1-5)
Politics in America is generally pretty disgusting. Do you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree?

Men Women
Strongly Agree 36% 43%
Somewhat Agree 30 33
Somewhat Disagree 19 14
Strongly Disagree 13 7
Don. t Know 2 3

(Asked of One-half of respondents, March 1-5)
Most politicians are not very worthy of respect. Do you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree?

Men Women
Strongly Agree 18% 30%
Somewhat Agree 33 25
Somewhat Disagree 32 30
Strongly Disagree 17 11
Don. t Know 1 5


Voter Involvement Measures

The Voter Involvement Index is calculated by averaging the responses to four questions whether people say they are currently paying close attention to the campaign, whether they are thinking about the campaign, talking about it, and following it in the news.

Involvement Index Attention Talk News Think
Men Women Men Women Men Women Men Women Men Women
3/26/00 29% 24% 24% 18% 21% 19% 33% 25% 39% 34%
3/19/00 29 30 24 25 19 19 33 31 41 45
3/14/00 38 37 25 34 28 28 40 37 51 48
3/12/00 45 47 35 37 36 42 57 52 53 57
3/5/00 38 37 29 32 29 31 51 39 44 44
2/27/00 40 36 45 28 48 42 48 43 39 32
2/22/00 41 34 33 23 37 28 57 47 48 39
2/20/00 39 32 32 21 33 19 48 44 52 43
2/13/00 36 31 28 22 31 23 47 47 45 32
2/9/00 33 27 28 19 31 23 41 34 43 33
2/6/00 40 35 36 26 37 30 58 46 40 39
1/30/00 34 31 35 22 36 32 39 34 39 34
1/27/00 31 32 26 20 24 27 37 40 43 41
1/23/00 29 22 20 10 23 14 39 32 35 31
1/16/00 26 24 17 13 20 14 33 33 36 35
1/9/00 28 21 17 8 19 14 41 36 40 28
1/2/00 15 10 14 7 15 7 23 15 13 9
12/26/99 21 16 13 13 14 14 31 20 26 16
12/19/99 24 16 22 7 22 13 40 25 20 19
12/12/99 26 17 17 17 18 6 33 18 34 28
12/5/99 25 18 16 14 18 13 34 26 31 20
11/28/99 18 14 13 13 11 7 20 19 23 17
11/23/99 19 16 14 9 14 7 25 25 21 22
11/14/99 26 20 21 17 21 14 28 27 34 23


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