Architects of Change:
Douglas Murray: The Abolition of the Short-Handled
In a summer 1999 study of
the nation's young people and their reluctance to vote, Project Vote Smart found that 18
to 25 year olds were far less inclined than older citizens to pay attention to how civic
issues are resolved by government entities at the local, state, and federal level. Less
than half of the younger respondents said they "definitely will" vote. The
survey revealed a deep distrust of government among this age group. Kristina Saleh, a
22-year-old former college intern and current staff member at Project Vote Smart, noted
the irony in these statistics: "Many people in my generation are saddled with credit
card debt and school loans, and yet by refusing to participate in the voting process, we
are blindly turning over complete control on these issues to institutions we don't trust
to make decisions in our own best interests." In an attempt to mobilize U.S. citizens
of all ages as participants in the political process, this site provides nonpartisan,
sociologically useful information on political institutions, candidates, and issues, as
well as links to related sites.
Statistics on the
environment and other matters tracked by social activists can be called up by state or
compared across states. This site was created for journalists but provides reliable data
for sociological analysis.
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David Newman and Rebecca Smith. (Created
September 14, 1999. Last updated 6/18/2002).
Copyright Pine Forge Press. http://www.pineforge.com/newman4study.