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 fully, to the views and concerns of the American people. Publications are based on data from VOTER Surveys starting in 2016 and weekly Democracy Fund and UCLA Nationscape surveys spanning July 2019 to December 2020.
Each report represents the views of its respective author(s) and not the collective views of Voter Study Group. However, reports are intentionally reviewed by Voter Study Group members spanning the political spectrum who may comment and advise prior to publication.
While it’s not unusual for a losing candidate’s supporters to express skepticism about election results, faith in election 2020 was much more polarized than in prior years. In this report, Robert Griffin and Mayesha Quasem detail key differences.Download (pdf, 761 KB)
Karlyn Bowman and Samantha Goldstein examine survey findings that show key election takeaways from the perspectives of voters — including significant differences in the experiences and perceptions of voters by race and ethnicity, and political affiliation.Download (pdf, 522 KB)
Relative to earlier outbreaks of the Ebola and Zika viruses, Americans are more concerned about COVID-19 and more dissatisfied with the government's response. Cindy Kam and John Sides analyze the latest Nationscape data to better understand the differences in public response, and how partisanship affects those differences.Download (pdf, 1.2 MB)
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, 1.1 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, 852 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, 1.1 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, 233 KB)
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