America in One Room

America in One Room (A1R) brought together a nationally representative sample of 526 registered voters on Sept 19-Sept 22, 2019 at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, Texas for a bipartisan discussion about the major issues of the 2020 presidential election. NORC at the University of Chicago partnered with Stanford University, By the People Productions, and Helena on the America in One Room (A1R) project, to recruit the representative sample and conduct pre-and post-event surveys.

The A1R event was based on a survey method known as Deliberative Polling® that measures public opinion on core issues before and after an event. Immigration, the economy, health care, the environment, and foreign policy were issue areas identified for A1R participant discussion based on respondent data from a previous NORC survey on top priorities for U.S. voters in the 2020 elections.

A1R employed an experimental design using treatment and control groups. The treatment in the project involved a representative sample of registered voters being invited to and then participating in A1R as a “delegate.” The control group, also a representative sample of registered voters, was not invited to participate in A1R and therefore did not receive the treatment. Respondents in the treatment and control groups were selected using stratified random sampling from NORC's probability-based AmeriSpeak® Panel. Both treatment and control groups were administered a pre-event and post-event survey. The two surveys were designed to measure opinion and knowledge shifts that could occur in the time period elapsing between the administrations of the two surveys.

Participation in this project was voluntary and participants had the right to withdraw their consent or discontinue participation at any time without penalty or loss of benefits to which they were otherwise entitled. Like other studies conducted by NORC, participants had the right to refuse to answer particular questions. Participants’ individual privacy was maintained in all published and written data resulting from the study.

Project Director

Jennifer Carter
(312) 357-7002

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