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What Makes a Good Citizen?

Today's Friday Study comes from the Pew Research Center and discusses the responsibilities of good citizenship.  

The term "good citizenship" is problematic in that it excludes many communities where our members work with undocumented immigrants or Nebraskans who have been disenfranchised and are denied the full rights of "citizenship." So, we want to hear from you: How do you define healthy civic participation - "good citizenship" - for members of your community? What other factors should be taken into consideration, and what are some important ways in which people contribute to their communities that aren't listed here? Tell us what you think on our Facebook page. 

From Pew Research: 

When it comes to what it takes to be a good citizen, the public has a long list of traits and behaviors that it says are important. And there’s a fair amount of agreement across groups about what it takes to be a good citizen.

Still, there are differences when it comes to which aspects are considered very important (as opposed to somewhat important), and points of emphasis differ by party identification as well as by age.

Voting, paying taxes, and following the law top the public's list of good citizenship traits.  Below we have listed the top traits identified in the Pew Research Survey.  

  • Voting in Elections: 91%
  • Pay all the taxes you owe: 92%
  • Always follow the law: 96%
  • Serve jury duty if called: 89%
  • Respect the opinions off those who disagree: 92%
  • Participate in the U.S. Census every decade: 88%
  • Volunteer to help others: 90%
  • Know the Pledge of Allegiance: 75%
  • Follow what happens in government and politics: 90%
  • Protest if you think government actions are wrong: 82%
  • Display the American Flag: 62%

What do you think about this list? 

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