Index of National Civic Health

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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."

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