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.
Geographies Tested: United States of America
Populations Included: Female, Male
Age Range: Adolescents, Adults
Agree strongly, agree somewhat, neither agree nor disagree, disagree somewhat, and disagree strongly
Scores are added, yielding a potential range of 0 to 16.
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
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