ERIC Number: ED198990
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Feb-27
Reference Count: 0
Youth Political Culture in a Kentucky County.
Mohapatra, Manindra Kumar
Data from a self-administered questionnaire survey of all 188 high school juniors and seniors who attended the only high school in a rural county in Kentucky were utilized to explore various dimensions of youth political culture in that county. The study was part of a continuing effort to understand and analyze the political culture and sub-cultures of Kentucky and to provide insights into changes in American political culture. Respondents were 92% white and 52% female; 58% perceived themselves as middle class. By distribution of party identification, 68% were Democrats and 16% Republicans; 60% supported Carter, 15% Reagan, and 7% Anderson. Television news programs were rated as the primary source of information about public affairs by 71%. Although 44% rated the state government as doing a good job, only 16% so rated the federal government. A majority of the respondents (60%) supported military aid to friendly nations; however, 73% opposed economic aid to poor nations that are not friendly with the United States. A majority opposed reduction in federal government programs in the areas of health care (65%), Social Security (60%), aid to agriculture (55%), aid to school systems (62%), and programs for the handicapped (76%). A majority desired some reductions in foreign aid (77%), programs for the poor (54%), and aid to American auto industry (64%). The questionnaire used in the study is appended. (Author/CM)
Descriptors: Federal Government, Federal Programs, Foreign Policy, Government Role, Grade 11, Grade 12, High School Students, Information Sources, Local Government, Political Affiliation, Political Attitudes, Questionnaires, Rural Areas, Rural Youth, Secondary Education, Small Schools, State Government, Student Attitudes, Subcultures
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of Kentucky Political Science Association (Bowling Green, KY, February 27-28, 1981).