Evaluating the Effectiveness of the CIR
Objective 3. Transforming Public Attitudes and Habits
Voter exit surveys, along with panel and cross-sectional election surveys, will provide another useful form of data for assessing the impact of the CIR. If the CIR is successful, these surveys should yield the following results:
- Citizens using panel results in making their voting choices should report stable (or rising) levels of public trust and signs of reduced civic neglect.
- Voter turnout in initiative elections should increase, and citizens should develop political beliefs conducive to participation (e.g., a sense of political self-confidence).
- Voters should demonstrate increased understanding and use of the official Washington Voter Guide. A majority of voters influenced by the panels may continue to rely upon summary ratings, but an increasing number should become readers of the more detailed voter guides and on-line information about panel deliberations.
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