Internal Political Efficacy Scale

The Internal Political Efficacy Scale is a 4-item measure of internal efficacy, first included in the 1988 National Election Study (USA) that refers to beliefs about one’s own competence to understand and participate effectively in politics.

Short Measure

ITEMS:

  1. I consider myself to be well qualified -to participate in politics.
  2. I feel that I have a pretty good under- standing of the important political issues facing our country.
  3. I feel that I could do as good a job in public office as most other people.
  4. I think that I am better informed about politics and government than most people.

Response Options:
Agree strongly, agree somewhat, neither agree nor disagree, disagree somewhat, and disagree strongly

CATEGORIES:


GEOGRAPHIES TESTED:

United States of America

POPULATIONS INCLUDED:
Female
Male

AGE RANGE:
Adolescents
Adults

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Scoring Procedures:

Scores are added, yielding a potential range of 0 to 16.

PRIMARY CITATION:

Niemi, R. G., Craig, S. C., & Mattei, F. (1991). Measuring internal political efficacy in the 1988 National Election Study. The American Political Science Review, 1407-1413. https://doi.org/10.2307/1963953

Pyschometric Score:

FORMATIVE RESEARCH

 Qualitative Research

 Existing Literature/Theoretical Framework

 Field Expert Input

 Cognitive Interviews / Pilot Testing

RELIABILITY

 Internal

 Test-retest

 Interrater

VALIDITY

 Content

 Face

 Criterion (gold-standard)

 Construct

Psychometric Scoring

MEDIUM
Total Score: 5.50/9 Points (MEDIUM) 

Citation Frequency

High

KEY

 FULL POINTS
 PARTIAL POINTS
 NOT ASSESSED
 NOT APPLICABLE

For more details, see Scoring Methodology

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