L. CIVIC PARTICIPATION (W16, 2005)






L1 When you were sixteenÖ

 

1 Very active

2 Somewhat active

3 Not at all active

4 Donít know

5 Not applicable

-9 Missing

 

CPMOEG16 How active was your mother in politics or in the affairs of the community?

CPFAEG16 How active was your father in politics or in the affairs of the community?




L2 Would you say you discuss community issues or political matters withÖ

 

1 Frequently

2 Occasionally

3 Rarely

4 Never

5 Not applicable

-9 Missing


CPDISA16 Friends

CPDISB16 Your spouse or partner

CPDISC16 Other family members

CPDISD16 Fellow workers

CPDISE16 People at your place of worship

CPDISF16 Other people




CPPPTY16 L3 Do you think of yourself as closer to the Republican Party or to the Democratic Party?


1 Closer to Republican

2 Closer to Democrat

3 Independent

4 Other (please specify-CPPTYO16)

-9 Missing




CPPLN16 L4 Which of the following best describes your political leanings?


1 Extremely Liberal

2 Liberal

3 Moderate

4 Conservative

5 Extremely Conservative

-9 Missing




CPDIR16 L5 In general, do you feel things in the United States are going in the right or wrong direction?


1 Right direction

2 Wrong direction

3 Donít know/ No opinion

-9 Missing




L6 For each kind of organization listed below, have you done any of the following in the past five years? (Circle as many types of involvement as apply.)


0 Not checked

1 Checked


 

Became a Member

Attend Meetings

Donate Money

Volunteer for organization

Do paid work for the organization

Leadership role

Religious organization


CPRELA16

CPRELB16

CPRELC16

CPRELD16

CPRELE16

CPRELF16

Labor/ trade union


CPUNIA16

CPUNIB16

CPUNIC16

CPUNID16

CPUNIE16

CPUNIF16

Business/ professional association

CPBUSA16

CPBUSB16

CPBUSC16

CPBUSD16

CPBUSE16

CPBUSF16

Ethnic organization or club


CPETHA16

CPETHB16

CPETHC16

CPETHD16

CPETHE16

CPETHF16

Political party


CPPOLA16

CPPOLB16

CPPOLC16

CPPOLD16

CPPOLE16

CPPOLF16

Block club or neighborhood improvement group

CPBLCA16

CPBLCB16

CPBLCC16

CPBLCD16

CPBLCE16

CPBLCF16

Local governing board or council

CPGOVA16

CPGOVB16

CPGOVC16

CPGOVD16

CPGOVE16

CPGOVF16

Charity organization


CPCHAA16

CPCHAB16

CPCHAC16

CPCHAD16

CPCHAE16

CPCHAF16

Sports team / Hobby club


CPSPOA16

CPSPOB16

CPSPOC16

CPSPOD16

CPSPOE16

CPSPOF16

Youth group


CPYTHA16

CPYTHB16

CPYTHC16

CPYTHD16

CPYTHE16

CPYTHF16

Recovery group

CPRCVA16

CPRCVB16

CPRCVC16

CPRCVD16

CPRCVE16

CPRCVF16

Human rights/ Womenís rights

CPRGTA16

CPRGTB16

CPRGTC16

CPRGTD16

CPRGTE16

CPRGTF16

Environmental organization


CPENVA16

CPENVB16

CPENVC16

CPENVD16

CPENVE16

CPENVF16

Other: CPOTHS16


CPOTHA16

CPOTHB16

CPOTHC16

CPOTHD16

CPOTHE16

CPOTHF16




CPDEC16 L7 Thinking about the organization you are most involved in, how often do you have the opportunity to participate in the decision-making in the organization?


1Always

2 Often

3 Sometimes

4 Rarely

5 Never

-8 No org participation

-9 Missing




CPCTRL16 L8 Thinking about the organization you are most involved in, how much control do you feel you have over its purposes and policies?


1 A lot

2 Some

3 A little

4 None

-8 No org participation

-9 Missing




L9 Please indicate below how much you agree or disagree with the following statements.


1 Disagree strongly

2 Disagree

3 Agree

4 Agree strongly

-9 Missing


CP9INT16 I am interested in politics.

CP9UND16 I have a good understanding of the important political issues facing our country.

CP9PRE16 I feel well prepared for participating in public life.

CP9ORG16 The way our society is organized needs to be radically changed.





L10 Below are different forms of political action that

people can take. For each one, please check your

degree of involvement.


1=Yes, have already done it

2=Probably would do it

3=Would never do it

-9=Missing


If YES, when have you done the actÖ(check all that apply)


0=Not checked

1=Checked

-8=NA

-9=Missing



If YES, in the past 5 years how many times have you done each action?


1=1-3 times

2=4-6 times

3=7 or more times

-8=NA

-9=Missing


In the past year

In the past 2- 5 years

Written a letter/email to a newspaper about a social/ political issue

CPACTA16

CPACAW16

CPACA216

CPACAH16

Personally contacted a government official to have my voice heard

CPACTB16

CPACBW16

CPACB216

CPACBH16


Joined a boycott


CPACTC16

CPACCW16

CPACC216

CPACCH16

Participated in a rally, demonstration or protest


CPACTD16

CPACDW16

CPACD216

CPACDH16

Participated in a government meeting focused on a social/ political issue

CPACTE16

CPACEW16

CPACE216

CPACEH16

Participated in a political group meeting focused on a social/ political issue

CPACTF16

CPACFW16

CPACF216

CPACFH16

Signed a petition


CPACTG16

CPACGW16

CPACG216

CPACGH16

Participated in a sit-in/ occupation of a factory or building

CPACTH16

CPACHW16

CPACH216

CPACHH16

Participated in a strike


CPACTI16

CPACIW16

CPACI216

CPACIH16

Volunteer fundraising


CPACTJ16

CPACJW16

CPACJ216

CPACJH16

Made my political views known through the internet

CPACTK16

CPACKW16

CPACK216

CPACKH16

Used force or violent methods to advance a social/ political goal

CPACTL16

CPACLW16

CPACL216

CPACLH16




L11 Thinking about your most recent political action (other than voting), who was affected by the problem? (Circle all that apply.)

 

0 Not checked

1 Checked

-8 No action taken

-9 Missing


CPINFA16 A Myself or my family

CPINFB16 B Other people like myself or my family

CPINFC16 C All people in my community

CPINFD16 D All people in the US

CPINFE16 E All the people in the world




L12 Here is a list of reasons people give for taking part in civic or political actions. Thinking about the time(s) you have gotten involved in such activities, please indicate how important each of the following were to you.


1 Not at all important

2 Somewhat important

3 Very important

4 Extremely important

-9 Missing


CPREAA16 I found it exciting.

CPREAB16 As one individual, I feel I cannot have an impact.

CPREAC16 The chance to make the community or nation a better place to live.

CPREAD16 The chance to influence government policy.

CPREAE16 My duty as a citizen.

CPREAF16 Because I had friends who were already involved.




L13 Below is a list of reasons people give us for NOT being politically active. Please indicate if each of these reasons is very important, somewhat important, or not at all important to you.


1 Not at all important

2 Somewhat important

3 Very important

4 Extremely important

-9 Missing


CPREA116 As one individual, I feel I cannot have an impact.

CPREA216 Politics is too complicated for me to understand.

CPREA316 I think I should take care of my family before I worry about community and nation.

CPREA416 I simply donít have enough time for politics.

CPREA516 What I would get out of political participation is not worth my time and trouble.

CPREA616 I feel itís not my responsibility to participate.




CPPAST16 L14 Was there a time in the past when you were more politically active than you currently are?


0 No

1 Yes

-9 Missing




L15 Living in a community involves both rights and obligations. Please rate the importance of the following activities


1 Not at all important

2 Somewhat important

3 Very important

4 Extremely important

-9 Missing


CPOBL116 Voting in elections

CPOBL216 Volunteering time for community service

CPOBL316 Taking part in a survey for a research organization

CPOBL416 Paying taxes

CPOBL516 Keeping yourself informed about public issues/news

CPOBL616 Talking about public issues with friends, family and coworkers




L16 In general, how much attention do you pay to news about each of the following?


1 A lot of attention

2 A little attention

3 No attention at all

4 Donít know/no option

-9 Missing


CPATT116 Local community affairs

CPATT216 State politics

CPATT316 National politics

CPATT416 International affairs

CPATT516 The economy

CPATT616 Social Issues (i.e. education, health care, poverty)

CPATT716 Crime




L17 People attach many different meanings to democracy . In order for a society to be called democratic, do you think each of these isÖ (Circle one number for each item.)


1 Absolutely essential for a democracy

2 Good for a democracy

3 Not good for a democracy

4 Not relevant for a democracy

-9 Missing


CPDEMA16 Majority Rule

CPDEMB16 Complete freedom for anyone to criticize the government

CPDEMC16 Regular elections

CPDEMD16 At least two political parties competing with each other

CPDEME16 A powerful military

CPDEMF16 Necessities like food, shelter, and water for everyone

CPDEMG16 Jobs for everyone

CPDEMH16 Equality in education

CPDEMI16 Strong leaders who can make firm decisions

CPDEMJ16 A small income gap between rich and poor

CPDEMK16 A common language




CPDEMO16 L17A In view of your own way of thinking about democracy, would you say that the United States isÖ (Circle only one.)


1 Completely democratic

2 Democratic but with some minor exceptions

3 Democratic but with some major exceptions

4 Completely undemocratic

-9 Missing




L18 How long have you lived in your present neighborhood?


Months: CPNEIM16

Years: CPNEIY16




CPUNIO16 L19 Is anyone in your current household a member of a labor union?


0 No

1 Yes

-9 Missing




CPELG16 L20 Are you eligible to vote?


1 No

2 Yes

3 Donít know

-9 Missing




M1 What is your birth date?

 

Month: BIRTMO16

Day: BIRTDY16

Year: BIRTYR16




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