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South Carolina Civic Health Index

This report offers the first comprehensive assessment of civic health in the state of South Carolina. Civic health is determined by analyzing a series of indicators that measure political participation, community involvement, and neighborhood engagement. The findings show that South Carolinians vote at surprisingly high rates, frequently discuss politics with friends and family, participate heavily in community groups- particularly religious organizations, and regularly talk with neighbors.  

The South Carolina Civic Health Index concludes with four “Visions for Action” designed to improve civic health for all residents or targeted groups.  Any specific idea, however, must be created and vetted by the people of the state.  Therefore, each vision is accompanied with discussion questions that can aid in the development of plans to build a more participatory and engaged South Carolina. 

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South Carolina Civic Health Index in the News

  • South Carolina Radio Network: New report finds SC residents eager to vote but hesitant to act afterwards.
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  • North Augusta Star: Political activity statewide and locally varies.
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  • Bluffton Today: What is SC's civic health? It depends.
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  • The State: Study: SC Resident's eager to vote, unlikely to act.
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