, an innovative public-opinion research and public-engagementorganization, works to strengthen our democracy’s capacity to tackle tough publicpolicy issues. Nonpartisan and nonproft, Public Agenda was ounded by socialscientist and author Daniel Yankelovich and ormer Secretary o State CyrusVance in 1975. More inormation may be ound on
, established in 1927 by inventor Charles F. Kettering, isa nonproft, operating oundation that does not make grants but engages in jointresearch with others. Kettering’s primary research question is, what does it taketo make democracy work as it should? Kettering’s research is conducted rom theperspective o citizens and ocuses on what people can do collectively to addressproblems aecting their lives, their communities, and their nation. More inor-mation may be ound on
.The interpretations and conclusions contained in this publication, unless expresslystated to the contrary, represent the views o the authors and not necessarily thoseo the Kettering Foundation or Public Agenda, their directors, or their ofcers.
The authors would like to thank David Mathews and Daniel Yankelovich whoseinsights and extraordinary commitment to engaging typical citizens in solvingthe country’s problems were the impetus or this research. Dan, along with PublicAgenda ellow John Immerwahr, reviewed multiple drats o the work—their ideasand contributions are undamental elements o this report. We would also like tothank our Kettering colleagues, John Dedrick and David Holwerk, or their collabo-ration and support. At Public Agenda, Scott Bittle also helped us throughout theproject. We are enormously grateul to all o them.
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