American Citizen Participation Study, 1990 (ICPSR 6635)
Principal Investigator(s): Verba, Sidney, Harvard University; Lehman Schlozman, Kay, Boston College; Brady, Henry E., University of California-Berkeley; Nie, Norman, University of Chicago
This study was designed to examine political and nonpolitical civic participation in the United States. Respondents were asked to comment on various topics, including their interest in politics and their party identification, voting status, and activity in community politics. In addition, respondents were asked about their campaign activities, including the kind of work they had done, and how much money and time they had contributed to campaigns for various elections. Respondents also provided information about their own personal experiences with government programs, as well as their opinions on national and social problems in the United States and why people in the United States aren't more active in politics. Demographic variables measured in this study include respondent's educational background, occupation, church activity and religious affiliation, race and ethnicity, age, gender, and union membership.
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Verba, Sidney, Kay Lehman Schlozman, Henry E. Brady, and Norman Nie. American Citizen Participation Study, 1990. ICPSR06635-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1995. doi:10.3886/ICPSR06635.v1
Persistent URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06635.v1
This survey was funded by:
- Spencer Foundation
- Ford Foundation
- National Science Foundation
- Hewlett Foundation
Scope of Study
Subject Terms: campaign contributions, citizen attitudes, citizen participation, political activism, political affiliation, political campaigns, political interest, political participation, voting behavior
Geographic Coverage: United States
Date of Collection:
Universe: Adults 18 years and older in the United States.
Data Types: survey data
Sample: Clustered and stratified probability sample.
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Original ICPSR Release: 1996-03-06
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Demographics and Non-Traditional Civic Participation: A Data-Driven Learning Guide - Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research
Civic participation can be defined as involvement in activities intended to influence public policy and leadership. The most common form of civic participation is voting, but there are several other forms of civic participation as well. Some of these more non-traditional forms of civic participation are volunteering to work for a campaign, donating money to a campaign, and protesting. These forms of civic participation, in addition to voting, give people the opportunity to voice their concerns and opinions regarding candidates or issues. While these non-traditional forms of participation do not directly impact vote totals, they do often gain the attention of the media and of candidates, thus causing a change in candidates' courses of action. In this way, non-traditional civic participation can influences policies and elections.
The goal of this exercise is to examine the relationship between demographic characteristics and different forms of civic participation. Crosstabulation will be used.
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