ERIC Number: ED069584
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-May-13
Reference Count: 0
The Urban University Student: A Political Profile. University-Urban Interface Program.
Shaw, Paul C.
This paper describes the dimensions of student political participation during the period of the 1970 election, determines the relationship between participation and certain sociological variables, assesses the impact of a schedules recess from Pittsburgh University for participation, and makes some speculations about the potential political impact of the enfranchisement of 18-20 year olds. Fall 1970 pre-election and February 1971 post-election questionnaires provided the random sample survey data base. Major findings indicate that students identify with the Democratic Party; there is a close congruence between father and student party affiliation, and between the students' party preference and that of the local area; students tend to be active and engaged in higher order political activities; students' age is unrelated to political participation; statistically, there is no difference in level of political activity engaged in by males and females; social class has no influence on level of political activity; one-half of the students under the legal voting age in 1970 expressed no party preference; the election recess was not successful in promoting student political participation; and the enfranchisement of 18-year olds will not greatly change present political patterns. (Author/SJM)
Publication Type: N/A
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Pittsburgh Univ., PA. University Urban Interface Program.