WASHINGTON, November 4, 2022 – A new nonpartisan More Perfect poll shows that 86% of voters say our democracy faces very serious threats, with a nearly equal split among Democrats and Republicans. Yet, despite bitter partisan division in the country, nearly half of all voters (47%) believe that increased access to trusted news and information is one of the most important ways to improve democracy, ranking it as first or second most important. However, among the options tested, voters have the least confidence that the U.S. could achieve this.
“American voters are worried about the health of our democracy at a time of national division,” said John Bridgeland, CEO of More Perfect. “Encouragingly, they share strong views of what could help.”
These findings echo similar concerns from bipartisan leaders, including President Biden on Wednesday, as we approach the midterm elections. The survey and focus groups provide further insights into beliefs, concerns and hopes for our democracy that could guide through the uncertain election aftermath. Other key findings of the research include:
The survey was conducted by David Binder Research from October 8 through October 11, 2022, with a sample of 600 adults who have voted in the 2016 presidential election or any election since. It was supplemented by focus group sessions in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Texas and Florida.
About More Perfect
More Perfect is a national campaign to marshal energy, visibility, resources and results around six Sustainable Democracy Goals: universal civic learning, expanded service to the nation, bridging divides, fair elections, effective governance, and trust in accurate news and information. More Perfect is a campaign among nine Presidential Centers, the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Karsh Institute for Democracy at the University of Virginia, and more than 100 organizations working to protect and renew American democracy.