Democracy, Governance, and Citizenship

NORC’s earliest projects included opinion polling during World War II to help policymakers, academics, and government officials better understand public attitudes toward rationing and other elements of the war effort. Since then, examining the intersection between public opinion and public policy has been at the heart of much of NORC’s work and is the focus of our Center for the Study of Politics and Society. The General Social Survey collects public opinion on a host of issues related to democracy, governance, and citizenship, including civil liberties, immigration, and national security. Additionally, NORC conducts evaluations and implementations of international programs designed to promote democracy and civic engagement and reduce election‑related violence, among other objectives.