ERIC Number: ED383581
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Sep
Caveat Civitas: The Influence of Efficacy and Trust on Attention to Political Information.
Filicko, Therese; Boiney, John A.
This research study used citizen profile data from the National Election Study surveys for the presidential elections years from 1980 through 1992. By crossing internal efficacy and trust indicators, the researchers hypothesized citizens would fit into four types: (1) the "Wary Monitors" have high internal efficacy and low trust with the highest attention to politics of any of the four groups; (2) the "Satisfied Citizens" will be the next largest group with high efficacy ratings and high trust; (3) the "Suspicious Uncertains" have low efficacy and low trust with lower levels of attention to politics than the previous groups; and (4) the "Contented Complacents" have low efficacy and high trust with the lowest amount of attention to politics. Results suggested primary impact of an individual's feelings of competence concerning political affairs lies with attention to political information. Implications for education are suggested. (EH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Case Western Reserve Univ., Cleveland, OH.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association (New York, NY, September 1-4, 1994).