America’s Civic Health Index

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This report informs Americans about leading indicators of our nation’s civic health and motivated citizens, leaders and policymakers to strengthen the foundations of civic engagement.

It gauges how well Americans are connecting to each other and their communities, and measures rates of volunteering, voting, connections to civic and religious organizations, trust in other Americans and key institutions, and other civic behavior and attitudes.

America’s Civic Health Index for 2009 shows that the economic recession is causing a civic depression. The national survey finds that 72% of Americans say they cut back on time spent volunteering, participating in groups, and doing other civic activities in the past year while the economy was free-falling.

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