The Yankelovich Democracy Monitor is a multi-year study designed to track Americans’ views on democracy and how to strengthen it, conducted in partnership with the Kettering Foundation. The study is named for and informed by the insights of Daniel Yankelovich (1924–2017), a co-founder of Public Agenda and master public opinion researcher.

The Democracy Monitor aims to make several contributions to understanding the public’s views and values regarding democratic renewal:

  • The Democracy Monitor is oriented toward solutions and what should be done to make progress, rather than on who is to blame for our problems.
  • This research emphasizes the roles that ordinary people and communities play in democratic problem solving, rather than focusing solely on institutions and elections.
  • The Democracy Monitor is designed to track the evolution over time of public opinion on the problems facing our democracy and their potential solutions.

Findings from Public Agenda’s two previous Yankelovich Democracy Monitor surveys were published in 2019 and 2020