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Most Americans Support Filibuster Reform

Tuesday, June 22, 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 from the survey

  • Many Americans are still unfamiliar with the filibuster, but when described, a majority say it creates gridlock, not compromise.
  • Three in five Americans believe eliminating the filibuster would have a positive impact in making our government work better.
  • Proposals to replace or reform the filibuster, including eliminating it for certain legislation or bringing back a “talking filibuster,” earn majority support while eliciting little opposition.


Many Americans Still Do Not Understand the Filibuster Well

Still only one in five (22%) understand what the filibuster is “very well” compared to 20% who said the same in March.

  • Among independents, 55% say they do not understand well what the filibuster is, with just 14% who say they understand it “very well.”

Despite Limited Awareness of the Filibuster, a Majority Believe It Creates More Gridlock Than Compromise

Nearly two in three Democrats (62%) and 45% of independents say it “creates more gridlock.”

Majority Say Eliminating Filibuster Will Have a Positive Impact on Making Government Work Better for the People

More than half of independents (54%) and two in five Republicans (42%) say it would have a positive impact.

Roughly Half Support a Range of Filibuster Reforms

Among independents, each proposal (including eliminating the filibuster for certain legislation and bringing back the “talking filibuster”) enjoys at least net +23 support.

  • The “talking filibuster” enjoys net +24 support among Republicans as well.

About The Study

This release features findings from a national online survey of 1,001 registered voters conducted June 10-14, 2021. Additional interviews were conducted among 99 Hispanic voters, 102 African American voters, 101 independents without a partisan lean, and 71 Asian American and Pacific Islander voters.

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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.

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