If you were to look at my social media feed, it would be easy to think that everyone is politically active these days.
But I suspected that I live in a bubble. You may too.
So, because I am just a curious person, I decided to find out. I ran a broader population sample about political activity, and this is what I found.
Conclusion? Yep. I live in a bubble that doesn't truly reflect the broader American population when it comes to political activity.
What we know or can assume from my sampling:
What we don't know:
What I'm interested in going forward:
What it means for museums:
Does the result make sense?
Note: The Pew Research Center ran surveys in 2008 and 2014 on civic and political participation, and at first glance, my data, as well as the data cited from American Generosity, doesn't seem to agree with Pew's data. I am a big fan of the Pew Research Center, and suspect the difference is in methodology. For now, I simply want to acknowledge that work is out there and that, if warranted, I'll dig in.
I respectfully acknowledge that I live and work on the traditional lands of the Duwamish people. I thank them for the care of this land, and I endeavor to help museums bring forward a more complete and inclusive history and culture in their work.