Getting the Public to Listen

The 2006 election pointed to the public’s deep dissatisfaction with the status quo in Washington and with government and represented a rejection of a political leadership that had failed its people. While Iraq was certainly a driving issue, the general disconnect between the federal government and the people it serves formed the backdrop for a major change election.

A new national survey by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner and Democracy Corps reveals a profound disconnect between the federal government in Washington and the people it serves. Voters are not looking for bigger government, nor smaller government, but an efficient government that delivers results. Voters’ frustration with the government’s lack of accountability holds perils for both parties, but also opportunities for the party that boldly advocates for change and accountability. Democrats must seize the mantle of change and advance their agenda with a seriousness of purpose in tackling government’s inefficiency and lack of accountability. In a new strategy memo, Greenberg Quinlan Rosner and Democracy Corps analyze the depth and breadth of voter discontent with government, while offering strategic insights to help meet this challenge head-on.

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