May 17, 2022

New Research Tools: Democracy Fund, UCLA Release First Dataset From Largest 2020 Public Opinion Study

From The Democracy Fund/UCLA News Release:

The Democracy Fund Voter Study Group and UCLA today released the first dataset from its massive study of the American electorate. The project completes roughly 6,250 interviews each week – totaling 500,000 interviews in advance of the 2020 election. This data release promotes a better understanding of Americans’ views in this vitally important election year.

Democracy Fund + UCLA Nationscape sheds a broad new light on the 2020 election by capturing attitudes on more than 40 policies, measuring how Americans prioritize issues and how their views change over time. The survey’s massive sample size allows for deep insights into localities and hard to measure subgroups of Americans, with interviews taking place in nearly every county, congressional district, and mid-sized U.S. city. Nearly 156,000 U.S. residents have participated in the survey from July 2019 through December 2019.


The Democracy Fund + UCLA Nationscape survey is conducted online and will interview approximately 6,250 Americans each week over the 80 weeks leading up to the 2020 election and the weeks following the election. The survey is fielded by Lucid, a programmatic market research platform providing access to data that the Nationscape team uses to produce and study weekly, representative samples of the population. The study is led by UCLA political scientists Chris Tausanovitch and Lynn Vavreck. The Democracy Fund Voter Study Group is led by Director Alicia Kolar Prevost, Research Director Robert Griffin, Senior Research Advisor John Sides, and Democracy Fund’s Lauren Strayer.

Learn More, Direct to Nationscape Website

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See Also: USA TODAY Launches “Nationscape Insights” with Democracy Fund and UCLA

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