About the Democracy Project

An initiative of Freedom House, the George W. Bush Institute, and the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement, the Democracy Project is aimed at rebuilding strong bipartisan support in defense of democracy at home and abroad. 

We are grateful to the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation for its generous support of our research.

There is little survey research that has explored in depth public attitudes in the United States about democratic institutions and core elements of democracy, such as free and fair elections, equal protection of the law for all, and rule of law. The project’s broader, long-term goal is to use the findings of its research to develop strategies to strengthen domestic support for fundamental democratic values. The Democracy Project worked with polling firms Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research (GQRR) and North Star Opinion Research on both qualitative and quantitative research to compile data for our report, “Reversing a Crisis of Confidence.


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Housed within the George W. Bush Presidential Center, the George W. Bush Institute is an action-oriented, nonpartisan policy organization with the mission of developing leaders, advancing policy, and taking action to solve today’s most pressing challenges. The work is achieved through three Impact Centers – Domestic Excellence, Global Leadership, and our Engagement Agenda – by which the Bush Institute engages the greater community with its important work.

Media Contact

Miriam Spradling
Manager of Communications at the George W. Bush Presidential Center
E-mail: mspradling@bushcenter.org
Phone: 214-200-4360



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Freedom House champions democracy worldwide by documenting threats to freedom, supporting frontline activists, and advocating for political rights and civil liberties. Learn more about the Freedom House mission by visiting our website at https://freedomhouse.org/about-us/

Media Contact

Robert Ruby
Director of Communications, Freedom House
E-mail: ruby@freedomhouse.org




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The Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement works to convene world leaders, develop and advance smart policy, and strengthen the national debate for continued American global leadership in the 21st century.

Media Contact

Carlyn Reichel
Director of Communications, Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy & Global Engagement
E-mail: creichel@pbc.upenn.edu
Phone: 202-804-5656



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