The Pew Research Center conducts some of the nation’s most respected nonpartisan survey research about American attitudes toward politics and policy. Since 1987 Pew Research has conducted a periodic "Political Typology" survey, sorting Americans into cohesive groups based on their values, political beliefs and party affiliation. These studies have helped reveal substantial political and social differences within as well as across members of each political party. This grant, Special Projects’ first to Pew Research, would support an expansion of the Typology study to explore the causes and consequences of political polarization in the U.S. amongst a much larger group of Americans than this study has previously included. Results of this expanded study would provide a rich data base for academics, journalists, and others studying such topics.
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for exploration of collaborative grantmaking on elections
The Pew Charitable Trusts is working with a small group of funding partners to strengthen the bedrock of American democracy: our elections. There are promising opportunities to scale proven solutions and pursue nonpartisan reform, but the scale is beyond what any single actor can tackle. Therefore, The Pew Charitable Trusts is assessing the viability of a multidonor philanthropic project to improve access to, the integrity of, and belief in the U.S. electoral system. This exploration aims to understand the opportunities for impact, the competitive landscape, potential interventions to support, and the nature and size of any opportunity.
for U.S. Public Lands and Rivers Conservation
The Pew Charitable Trusts’ U.S. Public Lands and Rivers Conservation project works with communities West-wide to conserve biodiversity by identifying and protecting wildlife corridors, protecting and restoring free-flowing rivers, and expanding core habitat protections. (Substrategy: Advance Conservation Protections)
for support of Pew's election administration reform efforts
America’s antiquated election system has been the object of significant attention since the controversial 2000 presidential campaign. In 2007, Pew Trusts launched its Election Initiatives to identify actionable policies, practices, and technologies that would optimize the accuracy, convenience, efficiency, and security of U.S. elections. A grant to Pew would support four primary areas of work: improving current state registration systems (in partnership with IBM); enhancing the Elections Performance Index assessing states’ election administration performance (in partnership with MIT); providing accessible voting information to voters (in partnership with Google); and assisting efforts to improve the voter experience.