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Gallup Poll. Sept. 8-11, 2011. N=1,017 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

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"Looking ahead for the next few years, which political party do you think will do a better job of protecting the country from international terrorism and military threats: the Republican Party or the Democratic Party?" Options rotated

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Republican
Party
Democratic
Party
No difference
(vol.)/Unsure

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% % %

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9/8-11/11

49 38 13

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9/13-16/10

51 38 12

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8/31 - 9/2/09

49 42 10

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9/8-11/08

49 42 9

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9/14-16/07

42 47 11

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9/7-10/06

44 42 13

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9/12-15/05

48 37 15

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9/8-10/03

51 36 13

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9/5-8/02

50 31 19

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"Looking ahead for the next few years, which political party do you think will do a better job of keeping the country prosperous: the Republican Party or the Democratic Party?" Options rotated

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Republican
Party
Democratic
Party
No difference
(vol.)/Unsure

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% % %

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9/8-11/11

48 39 13

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9/13-16/10

48 40 12

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8/31 - 9/2/09

39 50 11

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9/8-11/08

39 52 9

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9/14-16/07

34 54 12

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9/7-10/06

36 53 11

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9/12-15/05

41 46 13

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9/8-10/03

42 46 12

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9/5-8/02

42 42 16

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9/7-10/01

41 45 14

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10/6-9/00

40 47 13

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United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. July 28-31, 2011. N=1,001 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.6.

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"Overall, which party -- the Democrats or the Republicans -- do you trust to do a better job in coping with the main problems the nation faces over the next few years?" Options rotated

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Democrats

Republicans

Both (vol.)

Neither (vol.)

Unsure/
Refused

% % % % %

7/28-31/11

43 31 2 15 9

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. June 2-5, 2011. N=1,002 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.
LV = likely voters. RV = registered voters.

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"Overall, which party -- the Democrats or the Republicans -- do you trust to do a better job in coping with the main problems the nation faces over the next few years?" Options rotated

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Democrats Republicans Both (vol.) Neither (vol.) Unsure
% % % % %

6/2-5/11

41 32 2 20 4

10/25-28/10 RV

45 40 2 11 2

10/25-28/10 LV

41 45 1 10 2

9/30 - 10/3/10

42 38 3 15 2

8/30 - 9/2/10

40 37 3 18 2

6/3-6/10

44 32 2 18 4

4/22-25/10

46 32 2 18 3

2/4-8/10

43 37 2 17 2

11/12-15/09

47 31 2 17 3

9/10-12/09

48 28 3 19 2

2/19-22/09

56 30 3 9 3

12/11-14/08

56 23 3 15 3

5/8-11/08

53 32 2 10 2

10/5-8/06

54 35 2 7 2

9/5-7/06

47 38 1 10 4

6/22-25/06

48 38 1 10 3

5/11-15/06

50 36 1 11 3

4/6-9/06

51 37 1 9 2

3/2-5/06

42 40 2 14 2

1/23-26/06

51 37 1 8 3

12/15-18/05

47 42 1 8 2
10/30 - 11/2/05 49 37 3 9 3

6/2-5/05

46 41 1 9 2

8/03

39 40 3 10 7

12/02

41 44 2 11 2
10/02 LV 39 51 2 5 2
9/02 39 46 3 8 4
7/02 42 45 2 7 4
1/02 40 44 3 10 4
4/01 47 40 4 7 3
7/00 42 42 2 9 6
9/99 45 39 4 9 4
6/99 45 35 3 13 5
3/99 47 37 5 9 3
2/99 48 37 4 7 4
10/15-18/98 44 36 3 12 6
10/8-10/98 47 36 4 8 5
9/98 49 38 2 8 3
8/98 48 36 4 9 3
7/98 45 38 3 8 6
1/28-31/98 47 37 4 6 7
1/15-19/98 45 42 2 7 4
7/97 44 37 2 14 3
8/96 43 38 3 11 3
10/94 43 43 2 8 4
7/92 48 38 1 8 4

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. Sept. 10-14, 2010. N=881 registered voters nationwide.

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"Regardless of how you usually vote, who do you think has better ideas for solving the nation's problems right now: the Republican Party, or the Democratic Party?"

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Republican
Party

Democratic
Party

Both (vol.)

Neither (vol.)

Unsure

% % % % %

9/10-14/10

33 40 3 17 7

 

Pew Research Center. June 16-20, 2010. N=1,802 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Thinking about the political parties for a moment: Please tell me if you think each phrase I read better describes the REPUBLICAN Party and its leaders or the DEMOCRATIC Party and its leaders. Which party do you think is better described by the phrase [see below]?"

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Republican
Party
Democratic
Party
Both equally
(vol.)
Neither (vol.) Unsure
% % % % %

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"Can bring about the kind of changes the country needs"

6/16-20/10

33 45 3 12 7

2/3-9/10

34 46 4 9 7

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"Is more concerned with the needs of people like me"

6/16-20/10

34 50 2 9 5

2/3-9/10

31 51 3 8 7

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"Selects better candidates for office"

6/16-20/10

35 43 4 10 7

2/3-9/10

35 42 3 10 10

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"Governs in a more honest and ethical way"

6/16-20/10

31 41 4 18 6

8/27-30/09

26 42 4 20 9

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"Now thinking about the positions of the parties these days: Would you say the [see below] is very conservative, conservative, moderate, liberal, or very liberal?"

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Very
conservative
Conservative Moderate Liberal Very liberal
% % % % %

"Republican Party"

6/16-20/10

17 37 26 9 5

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"Democratic Party"

6/16-20/10

3 10 28 31 23

 

CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. Jan. 22-24, 2010. N=1,009 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Which of the following statements comes closest to your view of the way the Democratic Party and Republican Party have been dealing with the country's problems? You are angry at both parties. You are only angry at the Republicans. You are only angry at the Democrats. You are not angry at either party."

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Angry at
both parties

Only angry
at the
Republicans

Only angry
at the
Democrats

Not angry
at either
party

% % % %

1/22-24/10

48 9 11 32

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"Now here are a few questions concerning the special election in Massachusetts in which a Republican won the seat in the U.S. Senate to replace Ted Kennedy, who died last year. ... Would you describe the results of the special election in Massachusetts as a major defeat for the Democratic Party, a minor setback for the Democratic Party, or something that does not affect the Democratic Party at all?"

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Major defeat

Minor setback

No effect

Unsure

% % % %

1/22-24/10

38 44 17 1

 

The Harris Poll. Based on nationwide surveys of adults, conducted over the course of each calendar year.

         

"Regardless of how you may vote, what do you usually consider yourself: a Republican, a Democrat, an independent, or some other party?"

         
Republican Democrat Independent    
% % %    
2008 26 36 31    
2007 26 35 23    
2006 27 36 24    
2005 30 36 22    
2004 31 34 24    
2003 28 33 24    
2002 31 34 24    
2001 31 36 22    
2000 29 37 23    
1999 29 36 26    
1998 28 37 27    
1997 29 37 26    
1996 30 38 26    
1995 31 36 28    
1994 32 37 26    
1993 29 38 27    
1992 30 36 29    
1991 32 37 26    
1990 33 38 25    
1989 33 40 23    
1988 31 39 25    
1987 29 38 28    
1986 30 39 25    
1985 30 39 26    
1984 27 40 24    
1983 26 41 27    
1982 26 40 28    
1981 28 39 28    
1980 24 41 29    
1979 22 41 31    
1978 22 43 30    
1977 21 48 25    
1976 24 47 24    
1975 21 46 27    
1974 23 45 32    
1973 26 48 26    
1972 30 47 23    
1971 31 49 20    
1970 31 49 20    
1969 32 49 19    
         
Democratic Party lead over Republican Party -- based on mean results, by decade:
         
Dem. minus Rep.      
         
2000-2008 6 percentage points       
1990-1999 7 percentage points       
1980-1989 11 percentage points       
1970-1979 21 percentage points       

 

Pew Research Center Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. June 18-29, 2008. N=2,004 adults nationwide. MoE 2.5.

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"Some people say we should have a third major political party in this country in addition to the Democrats and Republicans. Do you agree or disagree?"

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Agree

Disagree

Unsure

% % %
6/18-29/08 56 38 6

4/06

53 40 7

6/04

50 43 7

10/03

46 44 10

6/00

52 42 6

 

Associated Press-AOL News poll conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs. Oct. 20-25, 2006. N=2,000 adults nationwide. MoE 2.2.

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"Who do you trust to do a better job of protecting the country . . . ?"

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Democrats

Republicans

Both equally

Neither

Unsure

% % % % %

10/20-25/06

43 42 3 8 4

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"Thinking about the personal beliefs you hold most closely, the ones that determine how you live your life, which party best represents those beliefs?"

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Democrats

Republicans

Both equally

Neither

Unsure

% % % % %

10/20-25/06

49 39 2 8 2

 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Oct. 19-20, 2006. N=1,000 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Now I'm going to read you some phrases and ask if you think each one better describes the Republican Party and its leaders or the Democratic Party and its leaders. . . ." Parties rotated

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Republican
Party
Democratic
Party
Both (vol.) Neither (vol.) Unsure
% % % % %

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"Able to manage the federal government well"

  10/19-20/06

31 47 4 12 6

  5/11-12/06

30 47 4 12 7

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"Can bring about the kind of changes this country needs"

  10/19-20/06

30 50 4 10 6

  5/11-12/06

30 53 3 8 6

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"Governs in an honest and ethical way"

  10/19-20/06

27 39 6 22 6

  5/11-12/06

29 41 6 17 7

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"Is concerned with the needs of people like you"

  10/19-20/06

26 56 4 10 4

  5/11-12/06

31 54 3 7 5

 

Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg Poll. Sept. 16-19, 2006. N=1,347 registered voters nationwide. MoE 3. RV = registered voters. Except where noted, results below are among all adults.

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"Which party -- the Democrats or the Republicans -- comes closer to representing the values that you, yourself, hold important?"

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Democrats Republicans

Both equally
(vol.)

Neither (vol.)

Unsure

% % % % %
9/16-19/06 RV 44 42 4 6 4
6/24-27/06 44 36 5 7 8

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"Which party -- the Democrats or the Republicans -- do you think listens more to the needs of lobbyists and special interests than to the needs of their own constituents?"

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Democrats Republicans

Both equally
(vol.)

Neither (vol.)

Unsure

% % % % %
9/16-19/06 RV 26 37 23 6 8

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"Which party do you think can do a better job handling the major problems facing the country?"

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Democrats Republicans

Both equally
(vol.)

Neither (vol.)

Unsure

% % % % %
9/16-19/06 RV 44 37 4 8 7
6/24-27/06 43 27 7 14 9

 

CNN Poll conducted by Opinion Research Corporation. Aug. 30-Sept. 2, 2006. N=1,004 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"For each of the following descriptions, please tell me whether you think it applies more to the Democratic Party or to the Republican Party. . . ." Options rotated

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Democratic Republican Both (vol.) Neither (vol.) Unsure
% % % % %

"The party with strong leaders"

   8/30 - 9/2/06

35 49 4 10 2

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"The party of the future -- that is, the most forward-looking in their policies"

   8/30 - 9/2/06

49 39 3 6 3

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"The party of extremism"

   8/30 - 9/2/06

40 45 4 5 6

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"The party of change"

   8/30 - 9/2/06

56 29 3 8 3

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. June 27-28, 2006. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE 3.

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"In general, do you think it would be a good idea or bad idea if a third national political party were formed that would run candidates for president, Congress, and state offices against the Republican and Democratic candidates?"

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Good idea

Bad idea

Unsure

% % %
6/27-28/06 50 37 13

6/23-24/99

54 32 14

 

Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg Poll. June 24-27, 2006. N=1,321 adults nationwide. MoE 3 (for all adults).

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"Which party -- the Democrats or the Republicans -- do you think has more honesty and integrity?"

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Democrats Republicans

Both equally
(vol.)

Neither (vol.)

Unsure

% % % % %

ALL adults

31 24 8 26 11

Men

30 28 7 25 10

Women

33 20 9 26 12

 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. May 11-12, 2006. N=1,007 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Now, as I read you some phrases, tell me if you think each one better describes the Republican Party and its leaders or the Democratic Party and its leaders . . . ."

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Republican
Party
Democratic
Party
Both (vol.) Neither (vol.) Unsure
% % % % %

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"Is concerned with the needs and interests of business and other powerful groups"

  5/11-12/06

59 24 7 3 7

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"Well organized"

  5/11-12/06

41 34 6 11 8

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"Selects good candidates for office"

  5/11-12/06

36 40 4 11 9

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"Is concerned with the needs and interests of the disadvantaged"

  5/11-12/06

22 63 3 6 6

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Oct. 30-Nov. 2, 2005. N=1,202 adults nationwide.

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"Which political party, the Democrats or the Republicans, do you think [see below]?" Parties rotated. Each item asked of half the sample.

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Democrats Republicans Both (vol.) Neither (vol.) Unsure
% % % % %

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"Is more open to the ideas of people who are political moderates"

  10/30 - 11/2/05 60 24 2 9 5

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"Has stronger leaders"

  10/30 - 11/2/05 35 51 5 8 2

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. July 11-15, 2004. N=823 registered voters nationwide.

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"Do you think the Republicans have a clear plan for the country, or don't they have a clear plan for the country?"

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Have a
Clear Plan

Don't Have a
Clear Plan

Unsure

% % %
7/04 43 48 9

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"Do you think the Democrats have a clear plan for the country, or don't they have a clear plan for the country?"

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Have a
Clear Plan

Don't Have a
Clear Plan

Unsure

% % %
7/04 36 51 13

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"Regardless of how you usually vote, do you think the Republican Party or the Democratic Party cares more about people like yourself?"

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Republican
Party

Democratic
Party

Both (vol.)

Neither (vol.)

Unsure

% % % % %
7/04 33 52 3 6 6

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"Regardless of how you usually vote, do you think the Republican Party or the Democratic Party comes closer to sharing your moral values?"

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Republican
Party

Democratic
Party

Both (vol.)

Neither (vol.)

Unsure

% % % % %
7/04 46 45 2 2 5

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"Regardless of how you usually vote, do you think the Republican Party or the Democratic Party will do a better job of helping more people achieve the American Dream?"

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Republican
Party

Democratic
Party

Both (vol.)

Neither (vol.)

Unsure

% % % % %
7/04 38 50 2 2 8

 

ABC News and ABC News/Washington Post Polls. Based on 332 surveys of 1,000 or more adults nationwide, conducted from 1981 through Oct. 2003.

         

"Generally speaking, do you usually think of yourself as a Democrat, a Republican, an independent, or what?" "Democrat" and "Republican" options rotated

         
___________Annual Averages___________  
         
Democrat Republican Independent Other  
% % % %  
2003 thru Oct. 31 31 31 6  
2002 32 30 30 6  
2001 33 30 29 7  
2000 33 27 33 3  
1999 34 26 33 5  
1998 34 26 34 4  
1997 35 26 34 5  
1996 35 27 34 4  
1995 32 28 36 3  
1994 34 27 35 3  
1993 35 26 35 2  
1992 36 28 33 2  
1991 33 30 33 2  
1990 34 29 33 2  
1989 37 29 31 2  
1988 37 29 31 2  
1987 36 26 35 2  
1986 34 29 33 3  
1985 35 28 32 3  
1984 37 24 35 3  
1983 39 23 34 2  
1982 38 23 35 3  
1981 37 24 33 5  

 


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