Full Results of Mother Jones’ 2008 Student Activism Survey

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WHAT’S ACTIVISM ANYWAY?

 

Students

Nonstudents

Giving spare change to the homeless

34%

30%

Taking “Ending Poverty 101” instead of “Intro to I-Banking”

49%

46%

Thrifting

52%

49%

Being a vegetarian

57%

46%

Buying organic

63%

59%

Taking public transit

70%

68%

Recycling

78%

75%

Boycotting Wal-Mart

85%

83%

Buying fair trade/non-sweatshop labor

85%

83%

 

ARE STUDENTS MORE OR LESS ENGAGED NOW THAN IN THE 60’S?

 

Students

Nonstudents

More

14%

16%

Less

86%

84%

 

WHERE’S THE FUTURE OF ACTIVISM?

Where's the future of activism?

Source: 2008 Mother Jones Student Activism Survey; 1,353 total respondents (678 students, 675 nonstudents)

 

MOST IMPORTANT ISSUES FOR STUDENTS

MOST IMPORTANT ISSUES FOR NONSTUDENTS

 

Former Students

Ever been arrested for a cause?

Ever been arrested for a cause?

Where is student activism more important?

Where is student activism more important?

What’s more important?

What's more important?

What’s the lamest form of activism?

What's the lamest form of activism?

What do you wish you’d spent more time on?

What do you wish you'd spent more time on?

 

Current Students

Ever been arrested for a cause?

Ever been arrested for a cause?

Where is student activism most important?

Where is student activism most important?

What’s more important?

What's more important?

What’s the lamest form of activism?

What's the lamest form of activism?

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