College graduates in the United States vote, volunteer, and trust the government in larger percentages than people who did not graduate from high school, concludes a report by the National Conference on Citizenship.
The Washington-based group tracked several civic-health indicators such as participation in civic or religious groups, as well as understanding of and participation in politics, for a 30-year period, from 1975 to 2005.
Among other findings, the report says that while voting participation has dropped across the board since 1975, the decrease for high school dropouts—from 47 percent to 31 percent—was significantly more than the drop for college graduates, which decreased from 72 percent to 62 percent.
Vol. 26, Issue 07, Page 13Published in Print: October 11, 2006, as Civic Involvement