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The Public Broadly Supports the For the People Act

Thursday, June 17, 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

  • While Americans are divided on how the country is doing, most think we need major changes in how our government works.
  • A majority support the For the People Act and see urgency in its passage before next year’s midterm elections.
  • Out of a range of For the People Act proposals, those that curb corruption, create accountability, and ensure absentee ballot access are seen as those that would have the greatest personal impact for Americans.


Americans Are Divided on the State of the Country and Want “Major Changes” in How Government Works

Nearly two in three Americans want “major changes” to the way our government works (63%).

Biden and Democrats More Trusted Than Congressional Republicans as Stewards of Democracy and Voting

Biden and Democrats are more trusted than Republicans by double digits on “protecting American democracy,” “combatting voter suppression,” and “making sure peoples’ voices” are heard among independents.

While Many Are Initially Unaware of the For the People Act, Support Is Strong Once Informed

On a separate question, only 33% of Americans report having heard “a lot” (10%) or “some” (23%) about it.

Most Popular Democracy Reforms: Donor Disclosure, Limiting Lobbyist Influence, Redistricting, Election Security

Among independents, a majority “strongly support” requiring disclosing dark money donors (53%) and “slowing the revolving door between government officials and lobbyists” (49%).

Ending Gerrymandering, Ensuring Absentee Voting, & Disclosing Dark Money Seen as Having Positive Personal Impacts

Roughly three in ten Americans across party lines say ending partisan gerrymandering would have the most positive impact on them personally if passed (35% of Democrats, 29% of independents, and 31% of Republicans).

Most Effective Arguments for Reforms Focus on Rooting Out Corruption and Creating More Accountability

Consensus exists among at least three in four Americans across party lines that rooting out corruption in both parties and ensuring politicians work “for us” rather than special interests are convincing reasons to support these reforms.

Majority Say It Is Urgent That the For the People Act Is Passed Before Midterms

More than half of independents (51%) say it is urgent the For the People Act is passed before the November 2022 midterm elections. Among Democrats, 52% say it is “very urgent.”

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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