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Connecticut’s civic participation increases with income

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill   (Christine Stuart photo)
Secretary of the State Denise Merrill (Christine Stuart photo)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Connecticut residents are more likely than the rest of the country to volunteer and attend a public meeting, but a civic health report released Tuesday found several areas in need of improvement.

According to the report, which was put together by the Secretary of the State, Everyday Democracy, the National Conference on Citizenship, and DataHaven, deep inequalities in income in Connecticut have a negative impact on civic engagement.

“The stark contrast between the wealthy and the poor in our state — the so-called ‘Two Connecticuts’ — is as evident in statistics on voting behavior as it is in educational opportunity,” the survey states. “Despite a generally higher level of educational attainment in our state, people who are poor or who have lower levels of formal education participate less in our government at all levels.”

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