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.
- The midterm elections were not top of mind, and few could recall which party won control of each chamber.
- Abortion was seen as a driving issue in the midterm elections to these participants, with important nuances on how important the issue was to their vote.
- The parties diverge dramatically on priorities and hopes for Washington.
- For non-voters, voting is not inconvenient, but rather pointless or suspicious.
Midterms Are Not Top of Mind When Thinking About the Country
In Fact, Not Many Can Recall the Impact on Control
Abortion Seen As a Driving Issue for the Midterms
Though Participants Have Nuanced Views on How Important Abortion Is to Them Personally
Participants Agree That Divided Control Will Lead to Gridlock
People Want Collaboration From Washington, Along With Health Care and Inflation Relief
Republicans Want to Stop Biden
When Deciding Whether to Vote, Republicans Invariably Think About Election Integrity
Democratic Non-Voters are Fatalistic About Whether Voting Makes a Difference
Even Some Non-Voters Struggle With Not Voting and Agree “You Can’t Complain” if You Don’t Vote
Reminders to Vote Are Merely Tolerated