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WHY IT MATTERS

Civic participation is at the heart of our democracy.

WHAT SUCCESS LOOKS LIKE

Arizonans are informed, equipped, and empowered to participate in our democracy at all levels.

 

The following metrics have been identified through a rigorous process in consultation with Arizona leaders and subject matter experts.

 

56.1%
NATIONAL AVERAGE: 60.1%
Eligible Arizona voters who voted in the 2016 presidential election
Source: Voter Participation for Presidential Elections 1980-2016, McDonald, Michael P. 2019. United States Elections Project.
49.1%
NATIONAL AVERAGE: 50.3%
Eligible Arizona voters who voted in the 2018 midterm election
Source: Voter Participation for Mid-term Elections 1982-2018, McDonald, Michael P. 2019. United States Elections Project.
35%
AVERAGE (1993-2017): 37.24%
Average confidence level of Americans in fourteen broad categories of institutions
Source: Gallup Organization (2017)
11.3%
National Average: 11.4%
Arizonans who contacted a public official in the past year
Source: NCoC Analysis of US Census Current Population Survey, Civic & Volunteering Supplement (2017)
35.4%
NATIONAL AVERAGE: 39%
Arizonans who frequently discuss politics with family and friends
Source: NCoC Analysis of US Census Current Population Survey, Civic & Volunteering Supplement (2017)
15.9%
NATIONAL AVERAGE: 13.9%
Arizonans who choose to buy or boycott products based upon their values
Source: NCoC Analysis of US Census Current Population Survey, Civic & Volunteering Supplement (2017)
18.8%
NATIONAL AVERAGE: 15.4%
Arizonans who did not vote because they believe their vote does not matter
Source: NCoC Analysis of US Census Current Population Survey, Voting Supplement (2016)

 

CIVIC PARTICIPATION
DATA INSIGHT

65%

Of Arizona’s registered voters voted in 2018

Arizonans, like much of the rest of the country, engaged at significantly higher rates in midterm elections in 2018, with an increase of turnout of register voters of nearly 18 percentage points higher than the 47.5% in 2014.

Source: Arizona Secretary of State

18.8%

Of Arizona’s non-voters do not feel their vote makes a difference

Survey data from the 2016 Presidential election indicate that more Arizonans are disillusioned with election participation than the national average. About one in five of our state’s nonvoters feel their vote does not matter compared with 15.4% nationally.

Source: NCoC Analysis of 2016 US Census Current Population Survey, Voting Supplement

 

 

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