Published Online: June 5, 2012
Published in Print: June 6, 2012, as Civic Disparities

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Civic Disparities

"Fault Lines in Our Democracy: Civic Knowledge, Voting, Behavior, and Civic Engagement in the United States"

A new studyRequires Adobe Acrobat Reader spotlights some troubling disparities in who is—and who is not—likely to cast a ballot in elections this November.

The new report published by the Educational Testing Service found that educational attainment alone was a significant factor in the likelihood of voting, and it was amplified when combined with income and age.

It finds, for instance, that young high school dropouts living in poverty are 23 times less likely to vote than older adults (55 to 64) with at least a master's degree and a family income of more than $100,000 a year. The study describes this degree of stratification as "historically unprecedented."

Vol. 31, Issue 33, Page 5

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