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, and 2018 VOTER Surveys (Views of the Electorate Research Surveys). In December 2016, the Voter Study Group interviewed 8,000 voters who had participated in similar surveys in July 2016, 2012, and 2011. Building upon that research, the group interviewed 5,000 of the same respondents again in July 2017 to explore how and why voters’ opinions may have changed — or did not change at all. The 2018 VOTER Survey also included interviews with 800 respondents ages 18 to 24, who would not have been eligible to vote in 2012, and 500 Hispanic respondents.
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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