Insights From the 2017 VOTER Survey

In July 2017, the Voter Study Group commissioned the 2017 VOTER Survey (Views of the Electorate Research Survey), which interviewed 5,000 Americans who had participated in similar surveys in December 2016, July 2016, 2012, and 2011. The survey allows for ongoing longitudinal analysis, and surfaces voter reactions to the events, policies, and happenings of the Trump Administration's first six months.

Robert Griffin offers the first set of insights based on the 2017 VOTER Survey data. The views of the signed author and not the larger study group. In the coming weeks and months, we will release additional reports from other authors on this and future surveys.

Placing Priority, Part III

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.

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Placing Priority, Part II

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.

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Muslims in America

John Sides and Dalia Mogahed analyze the wide gap between what most Americans say about Muslims living in the United States and how Muslim Americans see themselves.

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Testing the Limits

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.

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Follow the Leader

Lee Drutman, Larry Diamond, and Joe Goldman's report seeks to understand the degree to which Americans are open to departures from democracy, and the motivations behind endorsing authoritarian alternatives.

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Party Hoppers

Robert Griffin’s report explores the recent increase in partisan switching and constructs a portrait of voters who changed their party affiliation in the 2016 presidential election.

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The First Six Months

Robert Griffin's insights spotlight voter attitudes toward the new administration, the direction of the country, and other topics from Trump's first six months in office.

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Methodology

The 2017 VOTER Survey was conducted in partnership with the survey firm YouGov. Read the methodology behind the survey.

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