Quiz: How Politically Engaged Are You?

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Matt Vasilogambros
May 8, 2014, 2:04 p.m.

Amer­ic­ans may be frus­trated with Wash­ing­ton, but they still think they can help their com­munit­ies.

Ac­cord­ing to a new All­state/Na­tion­al Journ­al Heart­land Mon­it­or Poll, nearly two-thirds of Amer­ic­ans say they donate money to com­munity or­gan­iz­a­tions and vo­lun­teer loc­ally. Around the same num­ber of people say they use so­cial me­dia and email to share their opin­ions with people they know.

And though many Amer­ic­ans say they vote in elec­tions, far few­er say they en­gage with Wash­ing­ton and try to make an im­pact na­tion­ally. Amer­ic­ans are gen­er­ally frus­trated with their elec­ted of­fi­cials, and it shows in this poll. Few­er than one-third donate money or vo­lun­teer for polit­ic­al cam­paigns. Even few­er at­tend ral­lies.

So, while polling shows sup­port for the pres­id­ent and Con­gress hov­er­ing around all-time lows, there’s still room for pos­it­ive ac­tion in loc­al com­munit­ies.

How Polit­ic­ally En­gaged Are You? Quiz

SOURCE OF CHART DATA: All­state, Na­tion­al Journ­al Heart­land Mon­it­or Poll XX of 1,000 adults, April 9-13, 2014. Mar­gin of er­ror is ± 3.1 per­cent­age points.

NOTE: Due to round­ing, some bars might not equal ex­actly 100 per­cent.

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