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Survey: Why Don’t You Vote?

If you do not vote, The Spokesman-Review would like to know why. Please use this survey to detail your opinions and concerns about the American political process. (And please do not reply if you do vote.)

Your responses will not be used for publication without your knowledge and permission.

Feel free to attach extra paper if necessary. Your answers can be anonymous if you choose.

Mail your completed survey by Wednesday, May 29, 1996 to: Elana Jefferson, Editorial Department, The Spokesman-Review, P.O. Box 2160, Spokane 99201. Or you can fax it to (509) 459-5482.

Circle yes if an issue listed below is one that you frequently think about, talk about or one that affects your day-to-day life. If not, circle no.

Crime prevention NO Inflation NO Affordable housing NO Education/student loans NO Campaign finance reform NO Neighborhood revitalization NO Environmental protection NO Unemployment NO Family values NO Social spending Universal health care NO (Welfare, Social Security etc.) NO National debt NO Affirmative action NO National security/

Military spending NO Immigration control NO Foreign policy NO Local growth management NO Do you read the newspaper Death penalty NO or news magazines? NO Abortion NO Do you listen to radio talk shows? NO Inflation NO Do you watch the news on TV? NO

Rank these levels of government according to which officials you are most familiar with and interested in, 1 being the most important and 4 being the least important.

City____ County____ State____ National____

What important issues are not mentioned above?

What could a candidate do to make you vote? How important do you think your vote is?

What do you think of the media’s role in the political process?

What would you change about government?

What would you change about voting or the election process?

Why don’t you vote? When was the last time you voted?

Tell us about any issue that is extremely important to you. If you made the laws, what decisions would you make about this issue?

Please provide as much of the following information as you care to.

Name: Party affiliation: Last year of

Age: Occupation: education completed:

Telephone Number: Yearly income: Race/Ethnicity:< , DataTimes