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1st Place Poster in Civic Engagement

Camilla Alarcon
Political Science
Major Status

Project Details
Poster Title
A Latent Class Analysis of Methods of Political Participation
Using latent class analysis, I examine the different types of political participants in the United States. I find that there are four distinct groups of political participants: the abstainers, the asocial participants, the traditional participants, and the engagers.
Jay Goodliffe


Ethan Busby
April 07, 2021 6:20 AM
This is really great, and an important question to consider. I also like the use of latent class analysis here, as it gives us something important and interesting in this topic. With respect to race, one thing that stands out to me is that, as you mention, Whites are overrepresented in all of the classes EXCEPT for the abstainers (where there are relatively fewer Whites and it looks more like the overall composition of the country). This further emphasizes your point that more should be done to engage people of color. Two related questions - how was this sample constructed? That is, is it a probability-based sur...