CIRCLE (The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement)
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Group Membership and Social Networks

This series of research products addresses: young people’s participation in groups, the influence of the Internet on youth civic engagement, and how social media can influence community and political participation.

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YOUNG VOTERS AND THE HORSERACE: 52.1% Obama v. 35.1% Romney

In Three Months, Intention to Vote Rises 9.9  Points CIRCLE today released a groundbreaking poll of young people’s views of the election. The survey, commissioned by the Youth Education Fund, is unique in that it polled 1,695 youth (ages 18-29) in June/July and 1,109 of the same youth between October 12 and 23. Surveying the Read More >

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October 29th, 2012
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Once Again, Data Points to the Power of the Ask

During the summer we polled nearly 1,700 youth, 18 to 29 years old, about the election. Among many questions, we asked what would influence the respondents to vote. There was a clear answer: ask. Almost half of young respondents reported that being asked by a friend or a parent would or might influence them to Read More >

October 2nd, 2012
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Livestream Today at 1pm ET: Civic Engagement and Unemployment

Today at the NCOC conference, CIRCLE will help explain new collaborative research into the relationship between civic life and unemployment. This new research indicates a positive relationship between indicators of civic health and lower unemployment. You can watch the entire event live and you can participate in the conversation online by using #NCOC.

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September 14th, 2012
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Why Looking Locally is Important

At CIRCLE, we study the civic engagement of young people– most often on a national scale – because accessing data  with civic outcomes which is representative at all geographic levels is often difficult.  We’ve done work on how federal policy can play a role in engaging Americans nationwide, but understand that learning from case studies Read More >

June 9th, 2011
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The Internet’s Role in Making Engaged Citizens

This first-of-its-kind study, which was partially funded by CIRCLE, examined three types of behavior: politically-driven online participation, online exposure to diverse perspectives, and interest-driven online participation. Youth who pursue their interest on the Internet are more likely to be engaged in civic and political issues, according to the study of student Internet usage authored by Read More >

February 23rd, 2011
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