Civic Engagement Low in Arizona

A new study finds that while Arizona residents like where they live, they have low levels of civic engagement.
December 18, 2009, 7am PST | Nate Berg
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The study was conducted by the Morrison Institute for Public Policy, a Phoenix-based think tank.

"'What we found was this paradox of people feeling very positive about where they live and strong feelings about their neighborhoods but not strong civic action,' said Richard Toon, associate director of research at the institute.

The institute says these issues are especially important now because of the slumping state economy.

It believes such civic involvement translates to economic payoffs, better achievement in schools and less crime."

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Published on Thursday, December 17, 2009 in The Arizona Republic
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