Index of National Civic Health
The National Commission on Civic Renewal gave equal
weight to five categories in developing the index:
Political components: Includes voter
turnout and such activities as signing a petition, writing to
Congress, and making a speech.
Trust: Includes trust in others and
confidence in the federal government.
- Membership: Includes participation in local groups, charitable contributions, and church attendance.
- Security components: Includes fear of crime and number of youth murderers per youth population.
- Family components: Includes divorce and births outside marriage.
SOURCE: "How Civic Disengagement Weakens American and What We Can Do About It."