2008 SONS Freshmen: Results and Summary: Part 3

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Activities

1. During your senior year of high school, were you involved in any of the following activities or organizations?

School-based activities and organizations

 Participant or memberOfficer or leaderNeither
Academic (e.g., math club, philosophy club) 257  (34.2%)   172  (22.9%)   323  (43.0%)  
Advocacy (e.g., Amnesty International, Living Wage Advocacy, Sierra Club) 96  (12.9%)   67  (9.0%)   582  (78.1%)  
School sports club (e.g., rugby club, Kendo club) 115  (15.5%)   61  (8.2%)   567  (76.3%)  
School varsity team (e.g., basketball, softball, soccer) 183  (24.4%)   158  (21.0%)   410  (54.6%)  
Governing bodies (e.g., student government) 70  (9.4%)   125  (16.7%)   552  (73.9%)  
Fraternity or sorority 13  (1.7%)   10  (1.3%)   724  (96.9%)  
Honor society 377  (50.1%)   102  (13.5%)   274  (36.4%)  
Media (e.g., campus newspaper, radio station) 94  (12.7%)   80  (10.8%)   569  (76.6%)  
Performing group (e.g., school band, dance team) 182  (24.4%)   104  (13.9%)   460  (61.7%)  
Political (e.g., Young Republicans, College Democrats) 54  (7.3%)   30  (4.0%)   659  (88.7%)  
Recreational (e.g., chess club, bike club, rock climbing club) 149  (20.0%)   64  (8.6%)   531  (71.4%)  
Religious (e.g., Korean Campus Ministry, World Peace Buddhist Club) 73  (9.9%)   35  (4.7%)   632  (85.4%)  
Service (e.g., Special Olympics volunteers Club, Jewish Social Action Committee) 211  (28.5%)   172  (23.2%)   357  (48.2%)  
Other school-based club or organization 168  (27.2%)   167  (27.0%)   283  (45.8%)  

 Participant or memberOfficer or leaderNeither
Off-campus sports club 138  (18.7%)   46  (6.2%)   554  (75.1%)  
Off-campus club or organization 205  (27.8%)   134  (18.2%)   399  (54.1%)  

Community Service & Leadership

2. DURING YOUR SENIOR YEAR, did you do community service work either on or off the high school campus?

138  (18.2%)   No
622  (81.8%)   Yes

How did you get involved in this particular community service work? If you have been involved in more than one form of community service, please answer for the one that has been the largest time commitment.

41  (6.5%)   Through a related class
26  (4.1%)   Through a program where I received course credit (e.g., field studies credit for tutoring)
10  (1.6%)   Through a formal service program (e.g., AmeriCorps VISTA) where I received pay or a stipend
Through my fraternity or sorority
199  (31.4%)   Through another student organization on campus
61  (9.6%)   Through my religious organization or church
11  (1.7%)   Through my internship
232  (36.6%)   I found the work on my own
54  (8.5%)    Other, please specify: [Open-ended text field]

What was the type of organization where you did this community service? If you have been involved in more than one form of community service, please answer for the one that has been the largest time commitment.

144  (23.7%)   K-12 school
11  (1.8%)   Preschool
6  (1.0%)   Adult literacy or ESL program
51  (8.4%)   Youth services agency
28  (4.6%)   Student government
42  (6.9%)   Environmental group
29  (4.8%)   Homeless shelter
13  (2.1%)   Soup kitchen
15  (2.5%)   Food bank
9  (1.5%)   Housing organization
61  (10.0%)   Clinic or hospital
8  (1.3%)   Animal shelter
Help hotline
45  (7.4%)   Religious organization
5  (0.8%)   Political party
13  (2.1%)   Political or advocacy organization
128  (21.1%)    Other, please specify: [Open-ended text field]

What community service activity did you do?

 Did thisNot this
Tutoring 381  (68.2%)   178  (31.8%)  
Mentoring 258  (47.2%)   289  (52.8%)  
Teaching or educating 278  (50.9%)   268  (49.1%)  
Outreach 220  (41.0%)   316  (59.0%)  
Counseling 109  (20.5%)   422  (79.5%)  
Publicity 141  (26.6%)   390  (73.4%)  
Fundraising 348  (62.5%)   209  (37.5%)  
Computer or technical support 70  (13.1%)   464  (86.9%)  
General support 270  (49.0%)   281  (51.0%)  
Building or landscaping 115  (21.7%)   414  (78.3%)  
Preparing or serving food 244  (45.1%)   297  (54.9%)  
Collecting food 206  (38.4%)   331  (61.6%)  
Health care 97  (18.3%)   434  (81.7%)  
Environmental clean up 300  (54.5%)   250  (45.5%)  
Other, please specify: [Open-ended text field] 50  (28.9%)   123  (71.1%)  

How important were the following factors in your decision to do community service in high school?

 EssentialVery importantSomewhat importantNot important
Required by my school 103  (16.8%)   76  (12.4%)   138  (22.5%)   297  (48.4%)  
To strengthen my application 121  (19.7%)   209  (34.0%)   189  (30.8%)   95  (15.5%)  
Personal commitment 212  (34.5%)   272  (44.2%)   110  (17.9%)   21  (3.4%)  
Financial reward 13  (2.1%)   20  (3.3%)   40  (6.5%)   541  (88.1%)  
My community expected it 9  (1.5%)   67  (10.9%)   131  (21.3%)   407  (66.3%)  
My family expected it 21  (3.4%)   69  (11.3%)   136  (22.2%)   386  (63.1%)  

Political Engagement

3. Do you consider yourself to be a

420  (56.6%)   Democrat

Do you consider yourself to be a strong Democrat?

159 (37.6%)   Yes     264 (62.4%)   No

71  (9.6%)   Republican

Do you consider yourself to be a strong Republican?

21 (28.0%)   Yes     54 (72.0%)   No

251  (33.8%)   Independent

Do you lean more toward the Democratic Party or Republican Party?

187 (77.6%)   Democratic     54 (22.4%)   Republican

4. Are you registered to vote?

468  (61.7%)   Yes

Are you registered to vote in Berkeley or have you submitted a new registration form to change your address to Berkeley?

216  (46.1%)   Yes
253  (53.9%)   No

290   (38.3%)   No

What is the primary reason why you are not registered?

66  (22.8%)   Not yet 18 years old
118  (40.7%)   Not a citizen
50  (17.2%)   Not interested
56  (19.3%)    Other, please specify: [Open-ended text field]

5. In the presidential election this November, will you vote?

380  (50.3%)   Definitely will
108  (14.3%)   Probably will
64  (8.5%)   Maybe
36  (4.8%)   Probably not

Why won't you vote?

2  (5.4%)   Not 18 years old
12  (32.4%)   Not a citizen
18  (48.6%)   Not interested
5  (13.5%)    Other, please specify: [Open-ended text field]

167  (22.1%)   Definitely not

Why won't you vote?

51  (30.5%)   Not 18 years old
98  (58.7%)   Not a citizen
15  (9.0%)   Not interested
3  (1.8%)    Other, please specify: [Open-ended text field]

6. In the current election season, to what extent have you done the following?

 A great dealA significant amountSomeNot muchNone
Worked for a campaign 8  (1.1%)   7  (0.9%)   34  (4.5%)   32  (4.2%)   672  (89.2%)  
Contributed money to a campaign 3  (0.4%)   2  (0.3%)   28  (3.7%)   24  (3.2%)   694  (92.4%)  
Privately urged others to vote a particular way 27  (3.6%)   47  (6.3%)   123  (16.4%)   70  (9.4%)   481  (64.3%)  
Paid attention to candidates and issues 105  (14.0%)   195  (26.0%)   255  (34.0%)   68  (9.1%)   128  (17.0%)  
Talked about the campaign with other students 93  (12.4%)   150  (19.9%)   263  (35.0%)   104  (13.8%)   142  (18.9%)  

7. How important is voting to you personally?

127  (16.8%)   Not important
359  (47.5%)   Important
269  (35.6%)   Very important

8. Will you use the following information sources when deciding how to vote?

 YesNo
Internet searches 567  (76.0%)   179  (24.0%)  
Newspapers or magazines (hardcopy or Internet) 634  (84.8%)   114  (15.2%)  
Candidate debates 608  (81.4%)   139  (18.6%)  
Friends and family members 502  (67.2%)   245  (32.8%)  
TV news 541  (72.5%)   205  (27.5%)  
Paid advertising 123  (16.6%)   618  (83.4%)  
Postal mailings 97  (13.0%)   648  (87.0%)  
Electronic mailings 99  (13.3%)   647  (86.7%)  
Phone calls 60  (8.1%)   683  (91.9%)  
Rallies or other public events 249  (33.7%)   490  (66.3%)  

9. Do you think this country is moving in the right direction or wrong direction?

94  (12.4%)   Right direction
301  (39.8%)   Wrong direction
362  (47.8%)   Don't know

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