Youth Participatory Politics Survey Project, 2013 (ICPSR 36849)

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


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YPPSP, 2013

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 study was conducted in three waves between 2011 and 2015, and this is the second wave of the Youth Participatory Politics Survey Project (YPPSP). The wave 2 survey collected data from 2,343 respondents ages 15-27. The survey was administered from July 2013 to November 2013 through the survey vendor Gesellschaft fur Konsumforschung (GfK) (Society for Consumer Research, formerly Knowledge Networks). It was administered online and by phone, and includes oversamples of African Americans, Asian Americans, and Latino respondents. The survey includes questions about political and civic attitudes, media practices, community involvement, political engagement, news sources, and social influences. Demographic variables include age, race, education, income, and gender.

YPPSP wave 1 data is also available via ICPSR. Please see Youth Participatory Politics Survey Project, 2011 for the study homepage.

Cohen, Cathy J., and Kahne, Joseph. Youth Participatory Politics Survey Project, 2013. Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2018-01-26.

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2013-07-08 -- 2013-11-07
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  1. The sample for wave 2 consisted of those from the KnowledgePanel (KP) and address-based sampling (ABS) samples who had completed the wave 1 survey, as well as fresh KP and ABS samples drawn and implemented as described for wave 1. Wave 1 respondents were asked to complete the wave 2 survey without additional screening. Panel members (or panel parents) who had left KnowledgePanel since the first wave of the study were still invited to participate in wave 2 unless they had specifically requested that they not be contacted for any future surveys after leaving the panel.

  2. For fresh KP and ABS sampling, the survey vendor GfK Group (formerly Knowledge Networks) administered the study using address-based sampling methods. In addition, probability-based sampling was implemented using the U.S. Postal Service Delivery Sequence File as the sample frame.

  3. For additional information on the Youth Participatory Politics Survey Project, please visit the Youth Participatory Politics website or access any of the YPPSP workshop videos here.
  4. Due to a methodological inconsistency between waves 1 and 2 of the Youth Participatory Politics Survey Project, these data should not be linked as a panel and no linking variable is included in the dataset.


The purpose of this study was to capture the opinions, attitudes, and beliefs of youth and young adults aged 15-27 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 15-27 in four race/ethnicity groups (White non-Hispanic, Black non-Hispanic, Asian non-Hispanic, Hispanic). To sample the population, GfK Group (formerly Knowledge Networks) sampled households from its KnowledgePanel, 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 18-27, and a sample of parents of persons aged 15-27. 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 15-27 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 KnowledgePanel 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.


Youth age 15-27



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, 2013. ICPSR36849-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2018-01-26.

2018-01-26 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.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.

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 WEIGHT3 and WEIGHT4 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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