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).

Recent work

Latest

Facebook Engagement Patterns for Progressive- and Conservative-Leaning Pages Report

Facebook Engagement Patterns for Progressive- and Conservative-Leaning Pages

In this report, the Center for American Progress Action Fund uses data from its Facebook social listening database, which spans more than 500 Facebook pages that have been identified as amplifiers of progressive-leaning issues or conservative-leaning issues, to assess engagement on the platform in the second half of 2021.

Eric Coffin-Gould, Nathan Dignazio

What Do Puerto Ricans Really Think Ahead of the 2020 Elections? Report

What Do Puerto Ricans Really Think Ahead of the 2020 Elections?

As the nation heads into the final stretch of the 2020 presidential election, it is important to fully assess what is going on in the lives of Puerto Ricans and how these voters view the critical issues facing the country and the island today.

John Halpin, Dr. Stephen Nuño-Perez, Angela Gutierrez

The FBI Botched the Russia Investigation in 2016 Report

The FBI Botched the Russia Investigation in 2016

The FBI’s timid investigation into foreign interference during the 2016 election cost them a chance to uncover a conspiracy against American democracy in real time.

Max Bergmann, Jeremy Venook

How Trump Has Undermined the Wisconsin Economy Report
 (Donald Trump speaks at a rally at an arena in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, on November 1, 2016.)

How Trump Has Undermined the Wisconsin Economy

While President Trump boasts of creating the “best economy ever,” Wisconsinites are experiencing something far different.

Ryan Zamarripa

Case Studies in Voter Suppression: Profiling Voter Suppressors Report
President Donald Trump speaks alongside then-Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (L) during the first meeting of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity in Washington, D.C., July 19, 2017. (Getty/Saul Loeb)

Case Studies in Voter Suppression: Profiling Voter Suppressors

In order to bring attention to the nationwide problem of voter suppression, it is important to call attention to the politicians who are most notorious for restricting voter access.

Danielle Root, Aadam Barclay

President Trump’s Policies Are Hurting American Workers Report
President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference, February 16, 2017, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C. (AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President Trump’s Policies Are Hurting American Workers

Worker Attack Tracker: President Trump is rolling back protections to ensure that Americans can be safe on the job, receive fair pay and benefits, save for retirement, access high-quality training programs, have a voice in their workplace, and not be discriminated against at work.

David Madland, Karla Walter, Alex Rowell, 2 More Caius Z. Willingham, Malkie Wall

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