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During the last 4 weeks, the Voter Watch Blog team researched and wrote about the reasons and outcomes of voter apathy, voter turnout, and the accessibility to the polls. We also wrote about the Electoral College, the importance of popular vote, and how voter ID laws affect us. We decided to touch on those important topics because we felt those are the ones that have been specially under fire during the last 5 elections. 

With the usage of facts and a neutral stand point on the political spectrum, we hope we have been able to inform and motivate you– the voter. We hope you found our blogs posts not only informative, but also inspiring.

We would like to thank every single one of your for giving us a few minutes of your time to read our weekly posts. Also, we would like to thank you for reading our points of view and other information that might have been in conflict with your personal believes and ideas. We thank you for your open mind and for your time.

Sincerely,

The Voter Watch Blog

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Measures of political activity

How can we measure political activity in a nation?

There are three ways we can measure political activity:

  1. Discussing politics with other people
  2. Trying to convince others to vote for a party or candidate during an election campaign
  3. Working for a party or candidate during elections

Facts

  • Nearly 90% of the American public reports discussing politics at least some of the time. Compares to an average of only 68% across the 11 European nations.
  • 30% of the American citizens report having worked during a campaign at some time. More than double the average for seven European nations in which this question was asked.
  • In reporting trying to convince others during elections campaigns, the Americans trail only the west Germans with 40% affirming such activity, in comparison to an average of 27% in seven other countries.

Therefore, we can conclude that the average American public attitudes are directly associated with political participation.

Powell, G. American Voter Turnout in Comparative Perspective. The American Political Science Review, 80(1), 17-43. doi:10.2307/1957082