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Measures a respondent's level of political engagement, which can be assessed along multiple dimensions such as voting, campaigning, or being informed about political issues 

Below are 123 questions from surveys in the ARDA that attempt to measure this concept. The ARDA staff further categorized these questions into 10 types:

[ Activities? | Congregational Activities | Contacted? | Contributions | Importance | Plans to Vote? | Registered? | Volunteering? | Voted? | Voting History ]

Mouse over a survey name to see further details on a survey. Click on "More" to see the response frequencies for a question, or click here to view all frequency tables.



Category 1:Activities?
 

Did the respondent attend any political meetings, rallies, speeches, or other political events?

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Q43E from Baylor Religion Survey, 2005

MEETING from General Social Survey, 2002

PACTATT from National Study of Youth and Religion, Wave 1 (2003)

POLACT from National Study of Youth and Religion, Wave 1 (2003)

VCF0718 from American National Election Studies, Cumulative Data File, 1948-2004

VCF0912 from American National Election Studies, Cumulative Data File, 1948-2004

VCF0921 from American National Election Studies, Cumulative Data File, 1948-2004

VCF0930 from American National Election Studies, Cumulative Data File, 1948-2004

VCF0939 from American National Election Studies, Cumulative Data File, 1948-2004

BUTTON from American National Election Studies, 2000

ATTRALLY from General Social Survey, 2004

MEET_ATT from American National Election Studies, 2004

MEETING from General Social Survey, 2000

RALLY from Religion and Politics Survey, 2000

POLMTG94 from Religion and Politics Survey, 1996

W11ZD27 from American National Election Studies, Panel Study, 2008-2009

W11ZD28 from American National Election Studies, Panel Study, 2008-2009

V085030 from American National Election Studies, Time Series Study, 2008

V085199G from American National Election Studies, Time Series Study, 2008

V085199H from American National Election Studies, Time Series Study, 2008

V085200G from American National Election Studies, Time Series Study, 2008

V085200H from American National Election Studies, Time Series Study, 2008

V085201G from American National Election Studies, Time Series Study, 2008

V085201H from American National Election Studies, Time Series Study, 2008

W6Y8 from American National Election Studies, Panel Study, 2008-2009

W6Y9 from American National Election Studies, Panel Study, 2008-2009

W6Y27 from American National Election Studies, Panel Study, 2008-2009

W6Y28 from American National Election Studies, Panel Study, 2008-2009

PO_ATT from Portraits of American Life Study, 1st Wave, 2006

SA_MEET from Portraits of American Life Study, 1st Wave, 2006

POL_MEET from American National Election Studies, 2002

RALLY from Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey, 2000

PROTEST from Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey, 2000

V187D from American Mosaic Project: A National Survey on Diversity

METTWNHL from Civic Involvement Survey, 1997

CAMP_OTH from News Interest Index, March 2004

RALLY from Social Capital Community Survey, 2006

ATTPOL from American Jewish Committee Religious Right Survey, 1996


Category 2:Congregational Activities
 

This question type asks the respondent if his/her congregation held any groups or meetings related to political campaigns.

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GOVOTE06 from National Congregations Study, Panel Dataset (1998 and 2006-2007)

POLITC06 from National Congregations Study, Panel Dataset (1998 and 2006-2007)

POLITC98 from National Congregations Study, Panel Dataset (1998 and 2006-2007)

VOTERR06 from National Congregations Study, Panel Dataset (1998 and 2006-2007)

VOTERR98 from National Congregations Study, Panel Dataset (1998 and 2006-2007)

MARCH06 from National Congregations Study, Panel Dataset (1998 and 2006-2007)

MARCH98 from National Congregations Study, Panel Dataset (1998 and 2006-2007)


Category 3:Contacted?
 

Did anyone contact the respondent about voting or registering to vote during recent election(s)?

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VCF9021 from American National Election Studies, Cumulative Data File, 1948-2004


Category 4:Contributions
 

Has respondent given money to a political party or candidate?

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Q43C from Baylor Religion Survey, 2005

VCF0721 from American National Election Studies, Cumulative Data File, 1948-2004

VCF0739 from American National Election Studies, Cumulative Data File, 1948-2004

VCF0740 from American National Election Studies, Cumulative Data File, 1948-2004

VCF0741 from American National Election Studies, Cumulative Data File, 1948-2004

VCF0742 from American National Election Studies, Cumulative Data File, 1948-2004

CONT CANDP from American National Election Studies, 2000

CONT$PARTY from American National Election Studies, 2000

POLFUNDS from General Social Survey, 2004

CONTR_MN from American National Election Studies, 2004

PARTY from American National Election Studies, 2004

PRTY_WHC from American National Election Studies, 2004

DONTE from Religion and Politics Survey, 2000

GIVPOL from General Social Survey, 1996

TOTPOL from General Social Survey, 1996

V085033 from American National Election Studies, Time Series Study, 2008

V085034 from American National Election Studies, Time Series Study, 2008

V085034A from American National Election Studies, Time Series Study, 2008

PO_GAVE from Portraits of American Life Study, 1st Wave, 2006

CANDCONT from American National Election Studies, 2002

GIVE from American National Election Studies, 2002

GIVE2 from American National Election Studies, 2002

RELALT1 from America's Evangelicals

RELALT2 from America's Evangelicals

RELALT21 from America's Evangelicals

RELALT22 from America's Evangelicals

GIVEPOL from American Jewish Committee Religious Right Survey, 1996

MONEYPOL from Middletown Area Study, 2004

ACTGIVE1 from Religious Influence and Identity Survey, 1996

ACTGIVE2 from Religious Influence and Identity Survey, 1996


Category 5:Importance
 

How does respondent feel about the importance of voting?

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V085183 from American National Election Studies, Time Series Study, 2008

R9VOTE from State of Disunion Survey, 1996

I9VOTE from State of Disunion Survey, 1996


Category 6:Plans to Vote?
 

Does respondent intend to vote in an upcoming election?

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SWING08 from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2008

CP3 from America's Evangelicals

WILLVOTE from Middletown Area Study, 1998


Category 7:Registered?
 

Was respondent registered to vote in recent election(s)?

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VCF0737 from American National Election Studies, Cumulative Data File, 1948-2004


Category 8:Volunteering?
 

Did respondent volunteer for a political party or advocacy group?

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ASOCLHLB from Philanthropy Panel Study, 2003

ASOCLWLB from Philanthropy Panel Study, 2003

CPG WORK from American National Election Studies, 2000

VOLPOLIT from Civic Involvement Survey, 1997


Category 9:Voted?
 

Did the respondent vote in recent election(s)?

Some questions fit within the "Voted?" subcategory but varied in a notable way. ARDA staff identified 1 such variant.

[ Consider Different Vote? ]

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VOTE_EXP from American National Election Studies, 2004

VOTE94 from Religion and Politics Survey, 1996

VOTE2004 from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2007

PVOTE04A from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2005

PVOTE04A from U.S. Religious Landscape Survey - Continental Dataset

PARTYLN from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2008

V085036A from American National Election Studies, Time Series Study, 2008

PVOTA from Muslim American Survey, 2007

VOTE2 from American National Election Studies, 2002

VOTE3 from American National Election Studies, 2002

VREGSUM from American National Election Studies, 2002

PVOTE04A from U.S. Religious Landscape Survey - Alaska and Hawaii Dataset

VOTE04 from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2006

PVOTE04A from News Interest Index / Religion Overflow, July 2005

CLINDOLE from Campaign 2000 Typology Survey

CVOTE06A from December 2006 Values Update Survey

VTECNGRS from Harris 1984 (September) Business-Week Survey, Study No. 842112, Nonvoters

VOTE1980 from Harris 1984 (September) Business-Week Survey, Study No. 842112, Nonvoters

VTECNGRS from Harris 1984 (September) Business-Week Survey, Study No. 842112, Voters

VOTE1980 from Harris 1984 (September) Business-Week Survey, Study No. 842112, Voters


Variant:Consider Different Vote? (Voted? variant)
 

This variant asks the respondent if he/she ever considered voting for a different candidate.

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V085196 from American National Election Studies, Time Series Study, 2008


Category 10:Voting History
 

Does the respondent usually vote in elections?

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W9AB2 from American National Election Studies, Panel Study, 2008-2009

W9B5 from American National Election Studies, Panel Study, 2008-2009

W11A2 from American National Election Studies, Panel Study, 2008-2009

W1A2 from American National Election Studies, Panel Study, 2008-2009

W1B5 from American National Election Studies, Panel Study, 2008-2009

W1B9 from American National Election Studies, Panel Study, 2008-2009

W2AB2 from American National Election Studies, Panel Study, 2008-2009

W2B5 from American National Election Studies, Panel Study, 2008-2009

W2B12 from American National Election Studies, Panel Study, 2008-2009

W2B14 from American National Election Studies, Panel Study, 2008-2009

W6AB2 from American National Election Studies, Panel Study, 2008-2009

W6B5 from American National Election Studies, Panel Study, 2008-2009

W6B9 from American National Election Studies, Panel Study, 2008-2009

VOTING from Generation Next Survey, 2006

VOTENTH from State of Disunion Survey, 1996



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