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ERIC Number: ED198990
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Feb-27
Pages: 35
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
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)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Kentucky
Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of Kentucky Political Science Association (Bowling Green, KY, February 27-28, 1981).