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Political Participants. Wilson 7B. Reporting . Overstating participation 72% say they regularly vote 56% actually vote in presidential years Young Low-income Less-educated Non-white Day-to-day life not political Work, family, church more important. Types of Participation.

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Reporting
Reporting

  • Overstating participation

    • 72% say they regularly vote

    • 56% actually vote in presidential years

      • Young

      • Low-income

      • Less-educated

      • Non-white

  • Day-to-day life not political

    • Work, family, church more important


Types of participation
Types of Participation

  • Verba and Nie research study

    • Completely inactive – no participation of any kind – 22%

    • Voting specialists – regularly vote but little else

    • Campaigners – vote and get involve in campaigns

    • Communalists – nonpartisan community activist with local focus

    • Parochial participant – don’t vote or campaign, but contact politicians

    • Activists – participate in all forms – 11%


Causes of participation
Causes of Participation

  • More likely to vote when they have personal qualities that make learning about politics easier and more gratifying

    • Church-goers

    • Race*

    • Occupation

    • Education

    • Age

    • Not Gender


Top reasons for not voting
Top Reasons for Not voting

  • Loss of confidence in political leaders

    • No correlation to voting behavior

  • More African Americans registered

  • Political parties don’t mobilize as well

  • Impediments to registration*

  • Not voting has no cost

  • Fewer people think elections matter


Meaning of participation rates
Meaning of Participation Rates

  • Americans vote less, but participate more

    • Other forms becoming more common

    • Some forms of participation not done elsewhere

  • Americans elect more officials, with more elections

  • US turnout rates are heavily skewed to higher status persons

    • Automatic registration and compulsory voting rights elsewhere may end with bad results


Free response
Free Response

  • Non-voting has become an epidemic in the US, where only 1/3 of the electorate vote in non-presidential national elections, and as few as 10% of the electorate votes in statewide special elections.

  • Describe the merits of compulsory voting.

  • Describe the detriments to society compulsory voting might create.


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