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National Issues Forums (NIF) bring together citizens to deliberate and make choices about challenging social and political issues of the day. These forums have addressed issues such as the economy, education, health care, foreign affairs, and crime. This report is an analysis of what happened in a forum on "Money and Politics" that took place in 44 states and the District of Columbia. To learn how citizens feel about this issue, Doble Research Associates, a public interest consulting firm, analyzed what happened in these forums, including questionnaire results from 1,457 participants. It is divided into the following sections: "A Summary of People's Thinking as They Deliberated" (presents an overview of the themes that emerged from the 44 forums); "The Framework for Deliberation" (describes the framework used in the forums); "Working Through: People's Thinking as They Deliberated" (describes in detail how people felt about money and politics as they deliberated in a forum); "Questions and Answers about the Forums" (addresses key questions about participants' views on the issue); and "The Impact of Deliberation" (describes how people felt after the forums). Contains a summary of what 581 high school students thought about the issue of money and politics, the results of pre- and post-forum questionnaires, and an explanation of the research methodology. (BT)

Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Democracy, High School Students, High Schools, Political Issues, Politics, Public Opinion, Questionnaires, Social Science Research

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