Chapter Six To test the attitudes of those interviewed on a number of matters
possibly related to their motivation to participate or not to participate in the electoral process, each was handed a card containing
twelve different statements "people have made to us" and asked
to indicate whether "you agree strongly, agree somewhat, disagree somewhat, or disagree strongly." Although the statements
were listed in random order, they actually represented the positive and negative side of six different states of mind, characterized by the reciprocal descriptions over each set of quotations:
|1. ||Civic -- Uncivic|
|A. ||"Everyone has a duty to vote even if there isn't much difference between the candidates."|
|B. ||"A good many elections aren't important enough to bother
|2. ||Involved -- Estranged|
|A. ||"Voting is an important way that people like me can have
a say about how the government runs things."|
|B. ||"People like me don't have any say about what the government does."|
|3. ||Effectual -- Ineffectual|
|A. ||"If you pay attention, anyone can pick up enough information to vote intelligently."|
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Book title: The Disconnected.
Contributors: Penn Kimball - Author.
Publisher: Columbia University Press.
Place of publication: New York.
Publication year: 1972.
Page number: 124.
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