This collection on American democracy challenges and complements blog posts and opinion pieces that are typical staples of the 24/7 news cycle in the lead up to US elections. You'll find reports about election and campaign administration, voting access and participation, government performance and perceptions, the role of the media in civil society, and more.

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Racing Apart Partisan Shifts on Racial Attitudes Over the Last Decade

October 22, 2021

This report examines the ways Democrat and Republic voter attitudes toward race and related issues including inequality, the Black Lives Matter movement, and Immigration among others have changed over the past decade. The authors base their findings on analysis of two survey projects: one that has tracked over 3,300 Americans over almost 10 years and another that interviewed 500,000 Americans between July 2019 and February 2021. 

Crisis of Confidence: How Election 2020 Was Different

June 24, 2021

This report examines new data from Democracy Fund + UCLA Nationscape and the Democracy Fund VOTER Survey (Views of the Electorate Research Survey) to better understand voter confidence in the 2020 presidential election. The data suggest that voter confidence in the 2020 election was indeed different — and that continued doubts about election integrity among many Republicans raise concerns about the future.

Campaigns and Elections; Civic Participation