30b. Generally speaking, elected officials in Washington lose touch with the people pretty quickly

Total

1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Total Agree 7476807884848283----76--77----7475------78--77----81
Total Disagree 2421181915151616----23--21----2221------18--20----16

Party

1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Republican Agree 6672767482838586----73--75----6671------79--86----87
Republican Disagree 3226242516161413----26--24----3028------18--13----12
Democrat Agree 7777827784817977----75--74----7676------79--68----76
Democrat Disagree 2121162015181923----25--24----2122------18--29----22
Independent Agree 7680838486888286----79--81----8179------81--80----83
Independent Disagree 2018161513111613----19--18----1718------17--18----15

Sex

1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Male Agree 7477827884858381----76--79----7476------79--80----83
Male Disagree 2320172015141619----24--19----2321------18--18----16
Female Agree 7376797884838185----77--75----7474------78--73----80
Female Disagree 2422191915151713----22--23----2222------18--23----17

Age

1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
18-29 Agree 7372797880847986----78--75----7274------77--68----78
18-29 Disagree 2325191918152013----21--24----2521------20--28----20
30-49 Agree 7578817786868486----78--78----7477------79--79----84
30-49 Disagree 2220182213131514----21--20----2322------17--19----15
50-64 Agree 7380807886838483----73--75----7776------78--80----83
50-64 Disagree 2519182013161316----27--23----1922------18--18----15
65+ Agree 7376808380807769----74--79----7374------80--78----80
65+ Disagree 2521181317171627----26--17----2021------16--18----17

Generation

1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Greatest Agree 7479808382807869------------------------------------
Greatest Disagree 2519181415181527------------------------------------
Silent Agree 7479797887838480----74--77----7975------81--77----80
Silent Disagree 2421202011161418----26--20----1620------16--18----17
Boomer Agree 7476817685868486----79--79----7576------79--80----83
Boomer Disagree 2321182214131613----20--21----2323------17--18----15
Gen X Agree ------7879837986----77--75----7377------80--78----84
Gen X Disagree ------1819162013----21--24----2420------18--19----15
Millennial Agree --------------------------------76------75--67----78
Millennial Disagree --------------------------------20------23--29----20

Race

1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
White Agree 7377807984848383----77--77----7376------82--80----86
White Disagree 2521191915151516----22--21----2321------15--18----13
Black Agree 8076827883837776----73--77----8077------76--70----73
Black Disagree 1722142017162124----26--21----1620------20--26----24
Hispanic Agree --------------------------------67------59--65----67
Hispanic Disagree --------------------------------28------32--29----27

Education

1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
College Grad Agree 6368727281837980----69--75----6970------79--78----83
College Grad Disagree 3631272718162019----28--25----2827------19--21----15
Some College Agree 7176787384848587----80--75----7580------82--78----87
Some College Disagree 2722212516151412----19--25----2218------14--18----11
HS Grad or Less Agree 7779838185848182----77--79----7676------76--75----76
HS Grad or Less Disagree 1918141513141517----22--18----1920------20--21----21

Income

1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Low Agree 8180837885837884----80--80----7475------71--68----75
Low Disagree 1617131813151815----19--18----2222------24--26----22
Lower-middle Agree 7578818084838481----74--72----8079------78--77----81
Lower-middle Disagree 2119181615171519----25--27----1818------19--21----16
Upper-middle Agree 6978828184878386----75--80----7477------82--80----85
Upper-middle Disagree 2821171916131713----25--19----2322------16--18----14
Upper Agree 7171757684858482----79--76----7272------82--79----86
Upper Disagree 2829242315141517----20--23----2627------16--19----13

Religious Preference

1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
White Evangelical Protestant Agree 73788281--848484----76--76----7374------83--80----88
White Evangelical Protestant Disagree 26201717--151415----23--21----2323------14--18----11
White Mainline Protestant Agree 74797979--838480----78--76----7276------85--81----87
White Mainline Protestant Disagree 24201919--151419----22--23----2422------12--16----12
White Catholic Agree 7176818183848286----77--77----7176------79--85----86
White Catholic Disagree 2622191816151613----22--22----2721------19--13----13
Unaffiliated Agree 77788179809078------76--------8183------83--73----81
Unaffiliated Disagree 22191620201020------23--------1714------14--25----18