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Focus Group Report: Navigating the Recovery and Hyperpartisanship

Thursday, June 24, 2021 By Bryan Bennett
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Welcome to NAVIGATOR – a project designed to better understand the American public’s views on issues of the day and help advocates, elected officials, and other interested parties understand the language, imagery, and messaging needed to make and win key policy arguments.

Key takeaways

  • Economically, people are increasingly optimistic personally.
  • Yet with COVID-19 and a recession in the rear-view mirror, many worry about unemployment insurance discouraging a return to work.
  • Politically, participants across party lines lament our polarized country.


Many Feel Their Personal Situation Has Improved

Yet Many Still Lament Our Deep Societal Divisions, Citing Race In Particular

Many Feel Unemployment Relief Is Important, Even If They Disagree On The Current Need

Some Democrats Suggest Many Jobs Are Likely Underpaid

Some Voters Have Mixed Views On Their Own Parties

Democrats Describe Their Party’s Vision As Focused On Race And Economic Equality

Democrats See The Republican Vision As Retrogressive And Dystopian

About The Study

This release features findings from online focus groups conducted on June 16, 2021, with voters in three states: Ohio (mixed partisans who have been on unemployment insurance within the past year), Georgia (Democrats and Democratic-leaning voters), and Arizona (Republican and Republican-leaning voters who aren’t very unfavorable toward Biden or very favorable toward Trump). Qualitative results are not statistically projectable.

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About Navigator

In a world where the news cycle is the length of a tweet, our leaders often lack the real-time public-sentiment analysis to shape the best approaches to talking about the issues that matter the most. Navigator is designed to act as a consistent, flexible, responsive tool to inform policy debates by conducting research and reliable guidance to inform allies, elected leaders, and the press. Navigator is a project led by pollsters from Global Strategy Group and GBAO along with an advisory committee, including: Andrea Purse, progressive strategist; Arkadi Gerney, The Hub Project; Joel Payne, The Hub Project; Christina Reynolds, EMILY’s List; Delvone Michael, Working Families; Felicia Wong, Roosevelt Institute; Mike Podhorzer, AFL-CIO; Jesse Ferguson, progressive strategist; Navin Nayak, Center for American Progress Action Fund; Stephanie Valencia, EquisLabs; and Melanie Newman, Planned Parenthood Action Fund.

For press inquiries contact: press@navigatorresearch.org