Voice of the People has identified 170 policy positions on a wide range of issues supported by majorities of Republicans and Democrats.


The common ground positions presented here are derived from in-depth public consultation surveys in which respondents receive briefings on key policy proposals and evaluate pro and con arguments for each, only then making their recommendations. Expert opponents and proponents of each policy review the content of the surveys, ensuring that the briefings are accurate and balanced, and the arguments are the strongest possible ones.

The majority of the findings are from “policymaking simulation” surveys of the Program for Public Consultation at the University of Maryland which conducts its surveys online; respondents can take whatever time they need to fully consider the briefings and arguments. Others are from the “deliberative polls” of the Center for Deliberative Democracy at Stanford University which include an in-person event with briefings and discussions.