Measurement Wizard > Multi-Item Measures > Social Capital > Civic Engagement

This scale was created in 2000 as part of the Social Capital Benchmark Survey. It is a count of number of political activities engaged in.

Note: This scale wasn't a previously established scale, but was created when the survey was created (PI: Robert D. Putnam, Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University).

Data File: Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey, 2000


General Instructions:

Sum all included items.

Any special instructions related to individual items will be listed below those items.


VOTEUS from Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey, 2000

23. Did you vote in the 1996 presidential election when Bill Clinton ran against Bob Dole and Ross Perot? (VOTEUS)
TOTAL%
0) No7,01324.0
1) Yes20,41669.8
3) (VOLUNTEERED) Not eligible to vote1,6445.6
8) Dont know1360.5
9) Refused240.1
TOTAL29233100.0

Item Instructions (VOTEUS):

Code item as follows: Convert '3) Not eligible to vote', '8) Don't know', and '9) Refused' to system missing.


PETITION from Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey, 2000

26A. Have you signed a petition in the past 12 months? (PETITION)
TOTAL%
0) No17,66560.4
1) Yes11,39039.0
8) Dont Know1720.6
9) Refused60.0
TOTAL29233100.0

Item Instructions (PETITION):

Code item as follows: Convert '8) Don't know' and '9) Refused' to system missing.


RALLY from Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey, 2000

26B. Have you attended a political meeting or rally in the past 12 months? (RALLY)
TOTAL%
0) No23,90681.8
1) Yes5,30218.1
8) Dont Know200.1
9) Refused50.0
TOTAL29233100.0

Item Instructions (RALLY):

Code item as follows: Convert '8) Don't know' and '9) Refused' to system missing.


PROJECT from Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey, 2000

26C. Have you worked on a community project in the past 12 months? (PROJECT)
TOTAL%
0) No17,65760.4
1) Yes11,52639.4
8) Dont Know450.2
9) Refused50.0
TOTAL29233100.0

Item Instructions (PROJECT):

Code item as follows: Convert '8) Don't know' and '9) Refused' to system missing.


MARCH from Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey, 2000

26D. Have you participated in demonstrations, boycotts, or marches in the past 12 months? (MARCH)
TOTAL%
0) No26,93192.1
1) Yes2,2677.8
8) Dont Know230.1
9) Refused120.0
TOTAL29233100.0

Item Instructions (MARCH):

Code item as follows: Convert '8) Don't know' and '9) Refused' to system missing.




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