Student Life - Research

November 2017 -- With the November elections, the latest infographic "Who Goes Blue? U-M Sophomores on Civic Engagement" presents a wide range of data about current University of Michigan sophomore’s perspectives on and behaviors around civic and political engagement, as reported on the 2016 CIRP Survey. Please keep in mind that CIRP is completed during New Student Orientation before students start their first semester at U-M.

 

As you consider this information, the Ginsberg Center wants the U-M community to remember that we can always do better. Please visit their website (https://ginsberg.umich.edu/) for information about upcoming events and the Big Ten Voting Challenge.

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The year before coming to Michigan, students reported that they frequently:

  • discussed politics (45%)
  • raised money for a cause or campaign (14%)
  • performed volunteer work (43%)
  • demonstrated for/against a cause (3%)
  • publicly communicated their opinion about a cause (16%)

They think it is essential to:

  • keep up to date with politics (16%)
  • be a community leader (14%)
  • help others in difficulty (29%)
  • influence political structure (7%)
  • influence social values (11%)


The chance that students who are US citizens who will vote in a local, state, or national election.

Overall 71% plan on voting in a local, state, or national election


Among Conservative Students:

  •  78% - very good chance
  • 11% - some chance
  • 4% - very little chance
  • 2% - no chance
  • 6% - no response


Among Middle-of-the-Road Students:

  • 65% - very good chance
  • 20% - some chance
  • 5% - very little chance
  • 2% - no chance
  • 8% - no response


Among Liberal Students:

  • 77% - very good chance
  • 12% - some chance
  • 3% - very little chance
  • 1% - no chance
  • 8% - no response

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More CIRP results can be found in the CIRP FactBook on the Student Life Research website.

Please stay tuned for more updates on our students’ experiences and perspectives in the monthly Assessment Corner in Student Life Today.