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2016 Connecticut Civic Health Index Report Overview

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This in-depth report measures citizen engagement in the constitution state in voting, volunteerism and community involvement in the state of Connecticut.

A coalition of groups — including the Secretary of the State, Everyday Democracy, the National Conference on Citizenship and DataHaven — launched the 2016 Civic Health Index Report today. The survey evaluates the depth of citizen engagement through a variety of indicators such as voting, volunteering and other forms of community involvement.

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2016 Connecticut Civic Health Index Report Overview

  1. 1. 2016 CONNECTICUT CIVIC HEALTH INDEX REPORT: AN OVERVIEW
  2. 2. Service and Volunteering In 2013… 27.8% of Connecticut residents volunteered! 22nd CT’s ranking among the 50 states  To what extent are CT residents engaging in service to and with fellow community members? 3.3% decline since 2010
  3. 3. Group Membership 35.1% were members of a civic or community group! 36th CT’s ranking  In 2013… To what extent are CT residents joining organizations or groups that meet on a regular basis? 1.8% decline since 2010
  4. 4. Social Connectedness To what extent do CT residents trust, talk to, exchange favors with, and work with their neighbors in their communities?
  5. 5. Social Connectedness In 2013, among CT residents….INDICATOR FINDINGS CT RANKING GAIN OR LOSS SINCE 2010 Trust their neighbors 61.9% 21st  No Data Available Talk to their neighbors frequently 45.5% 11th  2.6% Gain Work with their neighbors on community issues 8.6% 22nd  1.3% Gain Exchange favors with their neighbors frequently 11.7% 33rd  2.9% Decline
  6. 6. Political Participation To what extent are CT residents engaged politically-- voting, meeting with office holders, attending rallies or public meetings, talking about politics, etc.?
  7. 7. Political Participation: Voting ELECTION YEAR FINDINGS CT RANKING GAIN OR LOSS Voted in the 2012 Presidential Election 62.7% 26th  4.5% Decline from 2008 Voted in 2012 Local Elections (always or sometimes) 63.5% 24th  Data Not Available Voted in the 2014 Midterm Elections 46.7% 19th  2.6% Decline from 2012
  8. 8. Political Participation: Interacting with Public Officials In 2012, among CT residents… 10.5% 19th ATTENDED RANKING PUBLIC MEETINGS 13.8% 19th CONTACTED RANKING A PUBLIC OFFICIAL
  9. 9. Political Participation: Talking about Politics In 2013, among CT residents… 27.8% 29th TALKED WITH RANKING FRIENDS AND FAMILY ABOUT POLITICS 4.9% decline from 2011
  10. 10. Charitable Giving To what extent are CT residents donating $25 or more to social or charitable causes? In 2013… 56.2% of CT residents donated $25 or more! 12th CT’s RANKING 2.2% decline from 2010
  11. 11. Confidence/Trust in institutions To what extent do CT residents trust institutions such as schools, corporations, and the media? 88.1% Have some or a great deal of confidence in their public schools! 13 CT’s RANKING 63.9% in corporations. 36 CT’s RANKING 59.2% in the media. 12 CT’s RANKING In 2013…
  12. 12. Disparities by Race & Ethnicity There are some evident disparities in civic participation in terms of race and ethnicity (percentages rounded-off): Group Voting (2012 Pres. Election) Volunteering (*Pooled data 2010, 2011, 2013) Group Member- ship* (Religious) Group Membership (*School or Community) Group Membership (*Civic or Service) Latinos 47% 17% 18% 18% 3% African America ns 62% 22% 25% 25% 4% Asian America ns Small Sample 20% 13% 20% 3% Whites 66% 32% 16% 15% 10%
  13. 13. Disparities by Age There are some evident disparities in civic participation in terms of age: Age Group Voting in the 2012 Presidential Election (of eligible voters) Voting in local elections (2013) always or sometimes Volunteering (2013) Attending Public Meetings (2013) 18-24 39.8% 29% 20.2% 2.1% 25 & older 65.9% 67.5% 28% 11.8%
  14. 14. Where we gained ground… Indicators and Details Percentage Gain Working with neighbors to solve community problems (in 2013 compared to 2010) 1.3% Talking to neighbors (in 2013 compared to 2010) 2.6% Contacting a public official (in 2013 compared to 2010)) 0.1% Eating dinner with family frequently (in 2013 compared to 2010) 1.3%
  15. 15. Where we lost ground… Indicators and Details Percentage Decline Volunteering (2013 compared to 2010) 3.3% Group membership (in 2013 compared to 2010) 1.8% Exchanging favors with neighbors (in 2013 compared to 2010) 2.9% Voting in 2012 Presidential Elections (compared to 2008) 4.5% Voting in 2014 Midterm Elections (compared to 2012 Midterms) 2.6% Talking about politics with family and friends (in 2013 compared to 2011) 4.9% Donating $25 or more to charity (in 2013 compared to 2010) 2.2%
  16. 16. • Youth civic participation (especially • voting among non-college youth) • Latino Voter Education and Registration • Joining civic and community groups (especially youth) • Volunteering • Exchanging favors with neighbors Where should we focus our efforts?
  17. 17. Ms. Mary Buchanan Project Manager DataHaven Inc. and Co-author of the report DataHaven 2015 Community Wellbeing Survey
  18. 18. DataHaven 2015 Community Wellbeing Survey Our Website: http://ctdatahaven.org/ Wellbeing Survey results: http://ctdatahaven.org/reports/ datahaven-community-wellbeing-survey

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