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Document Number: 7114

Civic Health Index - This report examines the civic-health index in America, measuring 40 indicators over nine categories: (1) connecting to civic and religious groups, (2) trusting other people, (3) connecting to others through family and friends, (4) giving and volunteering, (5) staying informed, (6) understanding civics and politics, (7) participating in politics, (8) trusting and feeling connected to major institutions and (9) expressing political views. The report finds that although there are some signs of civic recovery in the last few years, civic health in the United States shows steep declines over the last 30 years. The most hopeful signs are a rebound in volunteering, especially youth volunteering, over the last decade, and increasing political engagement since the late 1990s. (The National Conference on Citizenship, September 2007) ...

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