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Connecticut Civic Health Index Findings

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The first of its kind in Connecticut, this report documents the state’s civic health. It looks at key indicators of civic life in Connecticut: how Connecticut residents engage in civic organizations and group activities, how attentive they are to community problem solving and politics and how connected they are to family, friends and neighbors.

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Connecticut Civic Health Index Findings

  1. 2. What Connecticut Can Be: Civic Renewal for All The 2011 Connecticut Civic Health Index Report
  2. 3. Some Key Indicators of Civic Health <ul><li>Discussing politics with family and friends </li></ul><ul><li>Giving to charity </li></ul><ul><li>Working with neighbors </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteering or participating in groups </li></ul><ul><li>Voter registration and turnout </li></ul><ul><li>Attending public meetings </li></ul>
  3. 4. <ul><li>Connecticut residents rank higher than the national average in: </li></ul><ul><li>Voting: 67% voted in the 2008 Presidential Election, 20 t h in the nation </li></ul><ul><li>Donating to charity: 58% donate, 6 th in the nation </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteering: 31% volunteer with an organization or group, 15 th in the nation </li></ul><ul><li>Discussing politics: 28% talk about politics with friends and family, 17 th in the nation </li></ul>POSITIVE KEY FINDINGS:
  4. 5. <ul><li>Connecticut residents rank higher than the national average in: </li></ul><ul><li>Voting: 67% voted in the 2008 Presidential Election, 20 t h in the nation </li></ul><ul><li>Donating to charity: 58% donate, 6 th in the nation </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteering: 31% volunteer with an organization or group, 15 th in the nation </li></ul><ul><li>Discussing politics: 28% talk about politics with friends and family, 17 th in the nation </li></ul>POSITIVE KEY FINDINGS:
  5. 6. <ul><li>Connecticut residents rank higher than the national average in: </li></ul><ul><li>Voting: 67% voted in the 2008 Presidential Election, 20 t h in the nation </li></ul><ul><li>Donating to charity: 58% donate, 6 th in the nation </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteering: 31% volunteer with an organization or group, 15 th in the nation </li></ul><ul><li>Discussing politics: 28% talk about politics with friends and family, 17 th in the nation </li></ul>POSITIVE KEY FINDINGS:
  6. 7. <ul><li>Connecticut residents rank higher than the national average in: </li></ul><ul><li>Voting: 67% voted in the 2008 Presidential Election, 20 t h in the nation </li></ul><ul><li>Donating to charity: 58% donate, 6 th in the nation </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteering: 31% volunteer with an organization or group, 15 th in the nation </li></ul><ul><li>Discussing politics: 28% talk about politics with friends and family, 17 th in the nation </li></ul>POSITIVE KEY FINDINGS:
  7. 8. <ul><li>Connecticut residents rank higher than the national average in: </li></ul><ul><li>Voting: 67% voted in the 2008 Presidential Election, 20 t h in the nation </li></ul><ul><li>Donating to charity: 58% donate, 6 th in the nation </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteering: 31% volunteer with an organization or group, 15 th in the nation </li></ul><ul><li>Discussing politics: 28% talk about politics with friends and family, 17 th in the nation </li></ul>POSITIVE KEY FINDINGS:
  8. 9. Opportunity area: Neighbors working together <ul><li>7% work with neighbors to solve community problems, 37 th in the nation </li></ul><ul><li>When neighbors work together they are more likely to join community groups and volunteer </li></ul>
  9. 10. Opportunity area: Neighbors working together <ul><li>7% work with neighbors to solve community problems, 37 th in the nation </li></ul><ul><li>When neighbors work together they are more likely to join community groups and volunteer </li></ul>
  10. 11. Opportunity area: Neighbors working together <ul><li>7% work with neighbors to solve community problems, 37 th in the nation </li></ul><ul><li>When neighbors work together they are more likely to join community groups and volunteer </li></ul>
  11. 12. Opportunity area: Attending public meetings <ul><li>10.8% attend public meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Where are people getting their voice heard? </li></ul>
  12. 13. Opportunity area: Attending public meetings <ul><li>10.8% attend public meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Where are people getting their voice heard? </li></ul>
  13. 14. Opportunity area: Attending public meetings <ul><li>10.8% attend public meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Where are people getting their voice heard? </li></ul>
  14. 15. Opportunity area: Youth Voter Registration & Participation <ul><li>CT ranks 48 th in the nation in youth voter accessibility </li></ul><ul><li>(Rock the Vote 2011 Scorecard) </li></ul>
  15. 16. Opportunity Areas and Gaps: Minority Group Participation <ul><li>African Americans and Latinos are underrepresented in state boards and commissions </li></ul><ul><li>African Americans and Latinos engage more with religious institutions & groups than Whites </li></ul>
  16. 17. Opportunity Areas and Gaps: Minority Group Participation <ul><li>African Americans and Latinos are underrepresented in state boards and commissions </li></ul><ul><li>African Americans and Latinos engage more with religious institutions & groups than Whites </li></ul>
  17. 18. Opportunity Areas and Gaps: Minority Group Participation <ul><li>African Americans and Latinos are underrepresented in state boards and commissions </li></ul><ul><li>African Americans and Latinos engage more with religious institutions & groups than Whites </li></ul>
  18. 19. Opportunity Area: Civic Participation & Higher Education CT residents are up to 3 times more likely to engage in civic activities if they have been to college
  19. 20. Opportunity Areas: Media Access and Internet Use <ul><li>Over 85% of CT residents have internet access in their homes. CT ranks 4 th in the nation </li></ul><ul><li>Over 70% of CT residents watch TV news every day </li></ul>
  20. 21. Opportunity Areas: Media Access and Internet Use <ul><li>Over 85% of CT residents have internet access in their homes. CT ranks 4 th in the nation </li></ul><ul><li>Over 70% of CT residents watch TV news every day </li></ul>
  21. 22. Opportunity Areas: Media Access and Internet Use <ul><li>Over 85% of CT residents have internet access in their homes. CT ranks 4 th in the nation </li></ul><ul><li>Over 70% of CT residents watch TV news every day </li></ul>
  22. 23. How to Obtain a PDF of the 2011 CT Civic Health Index Report <ul><li>Everyday Democracy site: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.Everyday-Democracy.org </li></ul><ul><li>National Conference on Citizenship site: </li></ul><ul><li>http://ncoc.net/CTCHI </li></ul>

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