ERIC Number: ED457101
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-May
Reference Count: N/A
Report on Voting and Political Participation of "We the People... The Citizen and the Constitution" Alumni.
In February 2001 the Center for Civic Education conducted the first survey of alumni from the "We the People... The Citizen and the Constitution" program. Three Hundred forty-one alumni, who were eligible to vote in November 2000, participated. Voting and other forms of political engagement formed the core of the study. Since respondents were self selected, findings should be considered suggestive rather than generalizable to all alumni. Alumni were compared with a national probability study from the 2000 National Election Studies (NES) of young people in the same age group of 18- to 30-year-olds and also with over 260,000 college freshmen. This report documents the survey results, which indicate that the alumni surveyed are better informed and participate at higher rates than their peers. Additionally, data suggest that effective civic education may increase voter turnout among youth. (Survey is appended.) (BT)
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Citizenship Education, College Freshmen, Comparative Analysis, Higher Education, National Surveys, Political Attitudes, Politics, Social Studies, Voting, Young Adults
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Center for Civic Education, Calabasas, CA.