Demographics and Non-Traditional Civic Participation: A Data-Driven Learning Guide Go to Resource


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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Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research . Demographics and Non-Traditional Civic Participation: A Data-Driven Learning Guide. Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2009-04-16.

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