AZ Snapshot: How Engaged Are Arizonans Compared to U.S., World?

Posted on October 5, 2016 • Category: Civic Health



63%

U.S. residents who say they have donated money to charity in the past month.

2016 Global Civic Engagement

Gallup, September 20, 2016

WHY IT MATTERS

Gallup’s new study looks at civic engagement around the world to assess how people give their money, time and assistance to those in need. Gallup finds a strong relationship between civic engagement and critical economic measures such as GDP and long-term unemployment.

National participation scores on these indicators vary widely, and the countries with the most engaged populations are not necessarily the wealthiest.

Key findings from Gallup’s 2016 Global Civic Engagement report:

 

Worldwide: People most likely to give money - Yes

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Arizona
In two recent surveys, Arizona's participation is 2 to 4 percentage points below the national average for giving money to charity. Note: The Gallup Global Civic Engagement report does not provide state-level results. The best estimates of Arizona’s participation on this indicator come from the Gallup State of the States report and the National Conference on Citizenship’s annual Civic Health Index (CHI). The CHI ranked Arizona 39th in the nation on this indicator.

 

Worldwide: People most likely to volunteer - Yes

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Arizona
In two recent surveys, Arizona's participation is 2 to 6 percentage points below the national average for volunteering time to an organization. Note: The Gallup Global Civic Engagement report does not provide state-level results. The best estimates of Arizona’s participation on this indicator come from the Gallup State of the States report and the National Conference on Citizenship’s annual Civic Health Index (CHI). The CHI ranked Arizona 39th in the nation on this indicator.

 

Worldwide: People most likely to help a stranger - Yes

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Arizona
In the most recent survey, Arizona's participation is 2 percentage points above the national average for helping a stranger. Note: The Gallup Global Civic Engagement report does not provide state-level results. The best estimates of Arizona’s participation on this indicator come from the Gallup State of the States report, which found that Arizona scored 2% above the national average. Arizona ranked 16th in the nation last year on this indicator.

 

OTHER NEWS
27% Volunteers have a 27% higher likelihood of finding a job after being out of work than non-volunteers. The relationship has the strongest effect on individuals without a high school diploma and on those who live in rural areas.
Civic Health and the Economy: Making the Connection  

National Conference on Citizenship, 2013

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Lattie F. Coor

My Perspective

When CFA set out to build a citizens' agenda for Arizona, we didn't know it would end up placing Arizona at the center of a national struggle to address the challenges confronting democracy today–the growing lack of confidence that citizens have in government and their growing lack of participation in the civic life of our communities and nation.

In many ways, Arizona is a microcosm of these challenges. This fact was made clear in the results of the Gallup Arizona Poll (2009), which identified the deep concerns that Arizonans have about the need for both effective leaders and engaged citizens. CFA is now in the process of building Arizona Progress Meters for each of the 8 citizen goals defined by the people who live here. The culmination of these goals is The Arizona We Want.

The Arizona We Want is a long-term vision and it can be achieved if we work together.

Learn More about how CFA is activating the citizens' agenda for Arizona.


Citizen goals sit at the heart of all we do.


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