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Does Social Capital Lead to Civic Engagement? Jeff Jordan University of Georgia Associational Activities 81% Protestant (or other Christian) 77% Members of Religious Community 45% Members of Conservative Churches 64% Attend church every, or almost every, week

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Does Social Capital Lead to Civic Engagement?

Jeff Jordan

University of Georgia

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Associational Activities

81% Protestant (or other Christian)

77% Members of Religious Community

45% Members of Conservative Churches

64% Attend church every, or almost every, week

66% Take part in religious activities other than Sunday worship

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Participation with charities or social welfare group: 42%

All others range:

4% For on-line group

35% PTO

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45% Give more than $500/year to religious groups

23% Give that much to non-religious groups

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75% Volunteer at place of worship

46% Volunteer at schools

All other below 40%

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Group 1 Personal Organizations

Religious

Adult Sports

Youth

PTO

Seniors

Arts

Hobby

Support / Self-Help

Internet

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Group 2 Public Groups

Veterans

Neighborhood Association

Social Welfare

Labor Union

Professional / Trade

Service

Civil Rights

Political Action

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Group 3 Volunteering

Place of Worship

Health

School

Poor / Elderly

Arts

Civic

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Associational Groups

Group 1 Personal Organizations 79%

Group 2 Public Groups 70%

Group 3 Volunteer Groups 73%

Group 4 No Participation 12%

Group 5 Church Member 71%

Average number of groups people are involved in: 5

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Only significant difference between those living in MSA and non-MSA counties:

Church Membership

MSANon-MSA

Church member 232 126

Not church member 107 36

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If you find a wallet with $1,000 and the name and address of the owner (not known to you) would you return it?

Yes 97.4%

No 2%

Don’t know .6%

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Why return the wallet? (Points)

  • Feel sympathy for person who lost it: 42
  • Ethical thing to do: 53
  • Reward or praise 5
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If you lost a wallet, do you think person finding would return it?

Yes 29%

No 65%

Don’t know 6%

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Why would they return it? (Points)

Sympathy for you: 37

Ethical obligation: 49

Reward or praise: 14

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Results: Lost Wallet (n-501)

People fall victim to disasters such as illness, accidents, floods, hurricanes, and wars. If you had decided to give $100 to help such people, how much would you give to each category below?

People in your town $61

People in U.S. 26

People in foreign country 14

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Associational Activity a Function of:

Sympathy

Professional / Trade (-)

Arts (+)

Religious Contributions (+)

Non-Religious Contributions (+)

Volunteer Health (-)

Volunteer Poor / Elderly (-)

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Associational Activity a Function of:

Obligation

Neighborhood Association (+)

Volunteer Poor / Elderly (+)

Volunteer Health (+)

Religious Contributions (+)

Non-Religious Contributions (-)

Arts (-)

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Associational Activity a Function of:

Reward

Youth Organization (+)

Labor Union (+)

Religious Contributions (+)

Non-Religious Contributions (+)

Volunteer Place of Worship (-)

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Sympathy leads to involvement in:

    • Senior Citizen Club
    • Religious Group (besides place of worship)
    • Art Group
  • Less likely to be in:
    • Labor union
    • Professional / Trade Group
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Significant ActivitiesSympathyObligationReward

Attend Religious Service -

Religious Contribution - + -

Volunteer Worship -

Youth Organization +

Arts Group + -

Labor Union +

Professional / Trade -

Vote + -

Volunteer Health - +

Volunteer Poor / Elderly - +

Volunteer Civic +

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Significant Activities with High Sympathy on Both Own and Others Wallet

Volunteer in Place of Worship (+)

Hobby Club (+)

Volunteer for Poor and Elderly (+)

Volunteer for Civic Group (+)

Neighborhood Association (-)

Service Club (-)

Volunteer for School/Youth Program (-)

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Church Attendance and

Associational Activity

  • Correlation between attendance and personal organizations (except sports and Internet groups).
  • No correlation between attendance and public groups (except civic groups).
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Human Development Index

Church Membership

MSA

Contributions to Non-Religious Organizations

Neighborhood Associations