The Journal Gazette
Monday, November 11, 2019 3:03 pm

Civic index: Hoosiers get educated, share views, but don't vote

Niki Kelly | The Journal Gazette

INDIANAPOLIS -- Hoosiers rank second in the country in sharing their views on social, political and local issues online and eighth in frequently reading, watching or listening to news and information on these issues.

But they don’t vote, according to the fourth edition of the Indiana Civic Health Index released Monday.

Indiana residents show a trend of placing in the bottom 10 of all states on voting and the bottom third on voter registration, persistent since 2010. Data from the 2018 midterm elections show that while there was improvement, the state remained low on these indicators.

But Hoosiers rank higher than the national average in volunteering, giving charitably and other non-electoral activities.

Former Congressman Lee Hamilton, former Indiana Supreme Court Justice Randall Shepard and former Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller on Monday released the findings of the Index, which is funded by the Indiana Bar Foundation and other groups.

Civic health reflects the degree to which citizens participate in their communities, from local and state governance to interactions with friends or family.




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