Research and analysis produced by members of the Democracy Fund Voter Study Group aims to help thought leaders and influencers listen more closely, and respond more powerfully, to the views and concerns of the American people. Publications are based on the 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 VOTER Surveys (Views of the Electorate Research Surveys).
Individual members of the Voter Study Group author the publications below. Each report represents the views of the signed author and not the larger study group.
David Winston examines the differences between “elite” and “working class” Democrats — two major factions of the party’s most reliable voters — finding that these groups diverge widely on the issues they prioritize most, and that there is consensus on just one issue going into the 2018 midterm elections.Download (pdf, 1.06 MB)
David Winston revisits the method of “issue prioritization cluster analysis” and confirms that organizing the electorate by how voters view issues, rather than their demographic attributes, can broaden the scope of political research.Download (pdf, 851.79 KB)
Robert Griffin and John Sides dispute claims that Americans experiencing economic hardship are President Trump’s base by using a detailed set of questions that measure “economic distress” rather than general views about the economy.Download (pdf, 1.06 MB)
Building off "Follow the Leader," this brief by Lee Drutman, Larry Diamond, and Joe Goldman examines how the public thinks about the relationship between presidential authority and three specific checks on his power: the Congress, the courts, and the press.Download (pdf, 232.64 KB)
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