160+ Policy Positions Supported by Both Democrats and Republicans

Americans want the federal government to move beyond the persistent partisan polarization in Washington and address our nation’s most pressing problems. But with the two major political parties perpetually at odds, it may seem that there is no common ground.  But if you look beyond Washington and go straight to the American people, you will find that Republicans and Democrats share substantial common ground.

The Common Ground of the American People is the conclusion of an ongoing project of Voice of the People that seeks to identify policy positions that have bipartisan public support. The project has so far found over 160 common ground positions over a wide range of issues:

THE FEDERAL BUDGET
Discretionary Spending
Revenues
Taxes
GOVERNMENT REFORM
Campaign Finance
Lobbying Restrictions
House Redistricting
Term Limits
3rd Party & and Independent Candidates
ENVIRONMENT & ENERGY
Tax Incentives
Regulations
Greenhouse Gas Reduction
Fossil Fuel Extraction
POLICE REFORM
Use of Force
Increasing Accountability
SENTENCING REFORM
Mandatory Minimum Sentencing
CRIMINAL RECORDS
Employment & Licensing
Public Housing
Sealing Criminal Records
Voting Rights
SOCIAL SECURITY
Addressing the Shortfall
Increasing Benefits


IMMIGRATION REFORM
Immigrants Without Legal Status
Reducing Illegal Immigration
Work Visas
Refugees
FEDERAL POVERTY PROGRAMS
Food Assistance
Child Poverty
Helping the Working Poor
MEDICARE
Reducing Benefit Payments
Reducing Payments to Providers
Increasing Revenues
Controlling Costs in Other Ways
HEALTHCARE
Expanding Health Insurance Options
Preserving ACA Rules on Insurance Cost
Reducing Healthcare Costs
NET NEUTRALITY
Repeal of Net Neutrality Regulations
INTERNATIONAL TRADE
International Trade Agreements
Mitigating the Negative Effects of Trade

INTERNATIONAL SECURITY
& MILITARY ALLIANCES

Principle of Collective Security
Mutual Defense Treaties
NUCLEAR WEAPONS POLICY
Arms Control Treaties
Nuclear Weapon Capacities
First Use of Nuclear Weapons
Iran Nuclear Agreement
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

The analysis of public opinion is conducted by the Program for Public Consultation (PPC) at the University of Maryland. It draws not on standard polls, but in-depth 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. As a result, the support these policies elicit is resilient and not likely to fade as soon as someone hears a counter argument.

The majority of the findings are from PPC, which conducts its surveys online so that 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.