American National Election Studies, Time Series Study, 2008

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V083053

Do you think it is better when one party controls both the presidency and Congress, better when control is split between the Democrats and Republicans, or doesn't it matter?
  -9) Refused
  -8) Don't know
  1) Better when one party controls both
  3) Better when control is split
  5) It doesn't matter

Category Frequency Percentage Cumulative Percentage Z-Score
Refused 9 .4% .4% -4.9
Don't know 64 2.8% 3.1% -4.48
Better when one party controls both 512 22% 25.2% -.72
Better when control is split 1134 48.8% 74% .11
It doesn't matter 604 26% 100% .95

Variable Comparisons


Gender (I-GENDER)

Male Female TOTAL
Refused 0.4%
4
0.4%
5
0.4%
9
Don't know 2.3%
23
3.1%
41
2.8%
64
Better when one party controls both 23.1%
231
21.2%
281
22.0%
512
Better when control is split 48.6%
486
48.9%
648
48.8%
1134
It doesn't matter 25.5%
255
26.4%
349
26.0%
604
TOTAL 100.0%
999
100.0%
1324

2323


Race (I-RACE)

White Black/African-American Other race Mixed race TOTAL
Refused 0.3%
4
0.5%
3
0.4%
1
0.0%
0
0.3%
8
Don't know 2.6%
37
3.4%
20
1.9%
5
0.0%
0
2.7%
62
Better when one party controls both 19.8%
286
27.6%
161
21.4%
56
29.2%
7
22.1%
510
Better when control is split 53.5%
772
38.9%
227
45.8%
120
41.7%
10
48.9%
1129
It doesn't matter 23.8%
343
29.5%
172
30.5%
80
29.2%
7
26.0%
602
TOTAL 100.0%
1442
100.0%
583
100.0%
262
100.0%
24

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Age (I-AGE)

17 to 29 years old 30 to 44 years old 45 to 59 years old 60 to 74 years old 75 years and older TOTAL
Refused 0.5%
2
0.3%
2
0.4%
3
0.3%
1
0.6%
1
0.4%
9
Don't know 1.9%
8
1.6%
10
2.3%
16
4.4%
17
6.9%
12
2.7%
63
Better when one party controls both 18.7%
80
21.8%
136
24.4%
169
22.9%
88
20.2%
35
22.1%
508
Better when control is split 43.8%
187
49.4%
308
50.8%
352
50.1%
193
48.0%
83
48.8%
1123
It doesn't matter 35.1%
150
26.8%
167
22.1%
153
22.3%
86
24.3%
42
26.0%
598
TOTAL 100.0%
427
100.0%
623
100.0%
693
100.0%
385
100.0%
173

2301


Region (I-REGION)

Northeast Midwest South West TOTAL
Refused 0.0%
0
0.0%
0
0.5%
5
0.7%
4
0.4%
9
Don't know 2.4%
6
2.5%
10
2.4%
26
3.8%
22
2.8%
64
Better when one party controls both 19.3%
49
20.2%
80
22.8%
251
23.0%
132
22.0%
512
Better when control is split 55.9%
142
46.3%
184
46.3%
509
52.2%
299
48.8%
1134
It doesn't matter 22.4%
57
31.0%
123
28.0%
308
20.2%
116
26.0%
604
TOTAL 100.0%
254
100.0%
397
100.0%
1099
100.0%
573

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Political ideology (I-POLITICS)

Haven't thought much Liberal Moderate; middle of the road Conservative TOTAL
Refused 0.4%
2
0.7%
3
0.2%
1
0.0%
0
0.3%
6
Don't know 3.2%
16
2.6%
12
3.0%
15
1.9%
12
2.6%
55
Better when one party controls both 20.5%
103
21.7%
99
19.1%
95
27.2%
172
22.5%
469
Better when control is split 39.8%
200
52.5%
240
53.1%
264
49.9%
316
48.8%
1020
It doesn't matter 36.1%
181
22.5%
103
24.5%
122
21.0%
133
25.8%
539
TOTAL 100.0%
502
100.0%
457
100.0%
497
100.0%
633

2089


Religion (I-RELIGION)

Important Not important TOTAL
Refused 0.3%
6
0.2%
1
0.3%
7
Don't know 2.9%
50
2.5%
14
2.8%
64
Better when one party controls both 23.0%
401
19.5%
110
22.1%
511
Better when control is split 48.5%
846
49.7%
281
48.8%
1127
It doesn't matter 25.3%
441
28.1%
159
26.0%
600
TOTAL 100.0%
1744
100.0%
565

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