Youth Participatory Politics Survey Project, 2011 (ICPSR 36514)

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Cathy J. Cohen, University of Chicago; Joseph Kahne, University of California, Riverside


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The Youth Participatory Politics Survey Project (YPPSP) has conducted this survey which includes questions that examine the quantity, quality, and equality of youth new media practices; as well as political and civic attitudes, behavior, and engagement (collectively referred to as "participatory politics"). The YPPSP has collected this data from 2,290 respondents ages 15-25. The survey was administered early February 2011 to mid-July 2011 through the survey vendor Knowledge Networks. It was administered online and by phone, and includes oversamples of African Americans, Asian Americans, and Latino respondents, in order to facilitate analyses both within and between racial and ethnic groups. The survey includes questions about political and civic attitudes, media practices, community involvement, political engagement, credibility of news sources, and social influences. Demographic information includes age, race, gender, education, employment status, and income.

Cohen, Cathy J., and Kahne, Joseph. Youth Participatory Politics Survey Project, 2011. Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2016-10-13.

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John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

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Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research

2011-02-09 -- 2011-07-14
2011-02-09 -- 2011-05-23, 2011-06-09 -- 2011-07-14
  1. The survey vendor Knowledge Networks administered the study using address-based sampling methods.

  2. For additional information on the Youth Participatory Politics Survey Project, please visit the Youth Participatory Politics Web site.


The Purpose of this study was to capture accurately the opinions, attitudes, and beliefs of youth and young adults aged 15-25 about news media, and to gain a better understanding of the impact of these new forms of communication on their lives.

The target population consists of the following: youth aged 15-25 in four race/ethnicity groups (White non-Hispanic, Black non-Hispanic, Asian non-Hispanic, Hispanic). To sample the population, Knowledge Networks sampled households from its Knowledge panel, a probability-based web panel designed to be representative of the United States. The KnowledgePanel sample was implemented in two ways, a direct sample of those aged 18-25 and a sample of parents of persons aged 15-25. The direct sample proceeded immediately to the survey without screening. In the parent sample, the initial respondent was first asked the number of persons in the household aged 15-25 and was then asked for the race/ethnicity of each of those persons. If the household did not have at least one person who was age and race/ethnicity eligible, the screener terminated at that point. Otherwise, one eligible household member was selected for the survey.

Because KnowldgePanel was not expected to yield enough sample to hit all of the desired age by race/ethnicity targets for the project, an additional probability-based sample was implemented using the U.S. Postal Service Delivery Sequence File as the sample frame. For more details regarding this additional sampling process, please refer to the accompanying documentation.


Youths aged 15-25.



2018-02-15 The citation of this study may have changed due to the new version control system that has been implemented. The previous citation was:
  • Cohen, Cathy J., and Joseph Kahne. Youth Participatory Politics Survey Project, 2011. ICPSR36514-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2016-10-13.

2016-10-13 ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Created online analysis version with question text.

The dataset is unweighted, however a set of study-specific post-stratification weights have been constructed so that the study data can be adjusted for the study's sample design and for survey non-response. The weight variables WEIGHT1_NEW and WEIGHT2_NEW have been created and should be used in analysis.



  • The public-use data files in this collection are available for access by the general public. Access does not require affiliation with an ICPSR member institution.

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