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Poll: Americans' sense of civic duty wanes

Posted by Matti Miranda on December 30, 2014 at 7:54 PM

Last July, over 1,000 adults were polled on their civic duties. Here, Kendall Breitman reports on these findings, published on December 29, 2014 in POLITICO. 

An Associated Press-GfK poll released Monday resembled one taken in 1984 from the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago that asked Americans about the importance of six civic activities: voting, volunteering, serving on a jury, reporting crime, knowing English and being informed about the news and other public issues.
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About 90 percent of those polled ranked reporting a crime, voting in elections, knowing English and serving on a jury as at least “somewhat important” civic duties. Although all of these categories received high ranks on the list, the number of Americans who say these are “very important” duties fell by 13 percentage points since 1984.

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