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Religion, Communication, and Social Capital
Unformatted Document Text:  Religion, Communication, and Social Capital --15-- watched the national network news on TV. Political knowledge was an additive index ( = .64) of four dichotomous items asking the respondent to correctly identify the political office that William Rehnquist, Trent Lott, Tony Blair, and Janet Reno held at the time of the survey (M=1.3, SD=1.4). “Consequence” Endogenous Variables. Three variables served as “consequence” endogenous indicators of social capital. For political efficacy, we chose to include in our model only the internal dimension, which is defined by Abramson (1983) as feelings of personal political effectiveness, as opposed to beliefs about government responsiveness. This internal dimension of efficacy is likely to be more closely related to the type of psychological engagement fostered by church attendance, religious beliefs, or media use. Internal political efficacy (M=5.8, SD=2.2) was an additive index of two 5-points items (1= “agree strongly;” 5= “disagree strongly”): “People like me don't have any say about what the government does” and “Sometimes politics and government seem so complicated that a person like me can't really understand what's going on.” The two items were correlated at r = .30. Social trust was a combined measure of three items assessing generalized trust in others, including items that asked whether most people can be trusted, if individuals are fair or try to take advantage of people, and whether people are helpful or selfish. The final constructed variable ( = .73) was scored in the direction of greater levels of social trust, ranging from 3 to 15 (M=10.5, SD=4.6). Political trust was the traditional standardized combined measure of items asking respondents if the people running government can be trusted, are crooked, are dominated by a few interests, and are wasteful ( = .59). The final constructed variable was scored in the direction of greater levels of political trust.

Authors: Nisbet, Matthew., Moy, Patricia. and Scheufele, Dietram.
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Religion, Communication, and Social Capital
--15--
watched the national network news on TV. Political knowledge was an additive index ( = .64)
of four dichotomous items asking the respondent to correctly identify the political office that
William Rehnquist, Trent Lott, Tony Blair, and Janet Reno held at the time of the survey
(M=1.3, SD=1.4).
“Consequence” Endogenous Variables. Three variables served as “consequence”
endogenous indicators of social capital. For political efficacy, we chose to include in our model
only the internal dimension, which is defined by Abramson (1983) as feelings of personal
political effectiveness, as opposed to beliefs about government responsiveness. This internal
dimension of efficacy is likely to be more closely related to the type of psychological
engagement fostered by church attendance, religious beliefs, or media use. Internal political
efficacy (M=5.8, SD=2.2) was an additive index of two 5-points items (1= “agree strongly;” 5=
“disagree strongly”): “People like me don't have any say about what the government does” and
“Sometimes politics and government seem so complicated that a person like me can't really
understand what's going on.” The two items were correlated at r = .30.
Social trust was a combined measure of three items assessing generalized trust in others,
including items that asked whether most people can be trusted, if individuals are fair or try to
take advantage of people, and whether people are helpful or selfish. The final constructed
variable ( = .73) was scored in the direction of greater levels of social trust, ranging from 3 to
15 (M=10.5, SD=4.6).
Political trust was the traditional standardized combined measure of items asking
respondents if the people running government can be trusted, are crooked, are dominated by a
few interests, and are wasteful ( = .59). The final constructed variable was scored in the
direction of greater levels of political trust.


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