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ERIC Number: EJ790031
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 9
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 24
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0885-985X
To Vote or Not to Vote? An Exploration of the Factors Contributing to the Political Efficacy and Intent to Vote of High School Students
Forrest, Andrew L.; Weseley, Allyson J.
Journal of Social Studies Research, v31 n1 p3-11 Spr 2007
The turnout rate of America's youngest eligible voters is distressingly low, and it is vital to assess the factors associated with a commitment to participating in the electoral process. High school juniors (N = 133) were surveyed to see how a variety of factors would predict political efficacy. One week later, participants were randomly assigned to view a political attack advertisement, a personal attack advertisement, or no advertisement and then were surveyed again. A multiple regression revealed that political cynicism, use of the media to learn about politics, and negativism toward the media and political campaigns significantly predicted efficacy and explained 12.5% of its variance. Additionally, efficacy was found to be a weak predictor of intent to vote. A repeated measures ANOVA demonstrated that students exposed to personal attacks experienced reductions in intent to vote. The findings reveal notable differences between high school students and adults studied previously. (Contains 2 figures and 3 tables.)
University of Northern Iowa, Department of Geography. 1227 West 27th Street, Cedar Falls, IA 50613-3675. Tel: 319-273-2838; Fax: 319-273-2913
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A