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Most See Passing the For the People Act as Urgent

Thursday, August 12, 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

  • A majority of Americans are unsure of their support for the For the People Act without context, but once informed, strong cross-partisan majorities support the legislation.
  • Helping protect voting rights and fairer elections are seen as the most important benefits of the For the People Act.
  • Nearly three in five Americans believe it is urgent to pass the For the People Act.

Few Are Hearing About the For the People Act

The share of Americans saying they are hearing ”a lot” or “some” about the For the People Act is 6 points lower than it was in late June when it was blocked by Senate Republicans using the filibuster.

Most Are Unsure About the For the People Act Initially, But Support Grows Significantly Across Party Lines Once Informed

Even a plurality of 2020 Trump voters support the For the People Act once informed (47% support/29% oppose).

Helping Protect Voting Rights and Fairer Elections Seen As Most Important Benefits of the For the People Act

In an open-ended question among those who support the For the People Act, many saw the legislation as improving the trust in the election system while taking a key step toward reducing voter suppression.

Nearly Three in Five Americans Believe It Is Urgent To Pass the For the People Act Before the End of August

Majorities of independents and all racial demographics believe it is urgent to pass these reforms by the end of August.

About The Study

This release features findings from a national online survey of 1,000 registered voters conducted July 29-August 2, 2021. Additional interviews were conducted among 110 Hispanic voters, 105 African American voters, 100 independents without a partisan lean, and 79 Asian American and Pacific Islander voters.

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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.

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