Americans Suck at Civic Engagement

In the US, it seems that most people’s idea of civic engagement is posting political memes on Facebook expressing how incompetent the opposing party is. The scenario goes like this:

  • People post memes on social media
  • Get in debate in comments sections
  • No one’s opinions change
  • Wait for next outrageous incident
*National law makes voting compulsory. In addition, one Swiss canton has compulsory voting.
Source: Pew Research Center calculations based on data from International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, European Election Database, United States Election Project, Office of the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives and various national election authorities. Link to Source

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