Restoring Social Trust in Democracy

Democracy is under attack at home and abroad. We must take swift action to ensure it is accessible to all, accountable, and can serve as a force of good.

A voting rights activist dresses as "Ms. Liberty," August 2021. (Getty/Alex Wong)

What We're Doing

Increasing representation and access to our democracy

All Americans must have trust in elections and election results. All Americans also must have unimpeded access to the ballot box. That is why national voting standards are so important, along with laws that would protect against interference with valid election results.

Combating the spread of harmful dis- and misinformation

Disinformation, whether about COVID-19 or elections, undermines Americans’ safety and threatens our democracy. We seek to define the government’s role in combating it, give recommendations to online platforms to stem its spread, and support robust local media that can counter its worst effects.

Building a new framework to regulate online services

Americans’ lives are increasingly reliant on online services and affected by their economic, consumer, and civic harms. A robust regulatory framework, paired with new privacy protections and reinvigorated antitrust action, is needed to address the threats these services pose.

Countering violent political extremism

Countering insurgent threats is critical to maintaining our democracy. As part of this work, we have crafted a national blueprint with the McCain Institute to end white supremacist violence. Our plan draws on expertise across CAP and from more than 150 conversations with a diverse range of stakeholders.

By the numbers

59

Gerrymandering shifted an average of 59 seats in the U.S. House from 2012 to 2016.

Source: CAP, “Voter-Determined Districts” (2019).

1 in 10

42 senators, representing only about 1/10 of the U.S. population, can filibuster popular bills.

Source: CAP, “The Impact of the Filibuster on Federal Policymaking” (2019).

30%

The U.S. population has grown by about 30% since the federal bench’s last meaningful expansion.

Source: CAP, “It Is Past Time for Congress To Expand the Lower Courts” (2021).

81%

81% of voters believe tech companies have too much power and influence over politics and government.

Source: CAP Action, “Voters Support Enacting Stronger Consumer Protections Online” (2021).

What You Can Do

Recent work

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Ari Melber: Bring the Ruckus—and Sustainable Policy Ideas Podcast
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Ari Melber: Bring the Ruckus—and Sustainable Policy Ideas

Ed and Daniella chat with Ari Melber—host of MSNBC's "The Beat With Ari Melber"—to discuss the increasingly strained relationship between Congress and the Trump administration, as well as the debate around criminal justice reform.

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Two Lieutenant Governors on the Rise Podcast
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Two Lieutenant Governors on the Rise

This week, Daniella and Ed speak with Lt. Govs. Juliana Stratton (D-IL) and Kate Marshall (D-NV) about their day-to-day responsibilities and the challenge of balancing the needs of rural and urban constituents in their states.

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The Mueller Report, With Judd Legum Podcast
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The Mueller Report, With Judd Legum

This week, Judd Legum, former editor-in-chief of ThinkProgress and founder of the Popular Information newsletter, helps us break down special counsel Robert Mueller's final report to Attorney General William Barr, as well as Barr's letter to Congress summarizing Mueller's principle conclusions.

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Carlos Maza and the Fox News White House Podcast
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Carlos Maza and the Fox News White House

This week, Daniella and Ed sit down with Vox correspondent Carlos Maza to discuss the symbiotic relationship between Fox News and the Trump White House.

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Mayor Eric Garcetti: From the Ground Up Podcast
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Mayor Eric Garcetti: From the Ground Up

This week, Daniella and Ed spoke with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti about how his city is moving the needle forward on issues such as infrastructure, immigration, and criminal justice.

Daniella Gibbs Léger, Ed Chung, Rachel Rosen, 2 More Kyle Epstein, Chris Ford

The Conflicting States of Our Union Podcast
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The Conflicting States of Our Union

This week, Daniella and Ed spoke with American Progress' Kelly Magsamen and Juanita Tolliver about President Trump's State of the Union address.

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