What Does Polling Tell us About the Future of Fiscal and Social Safety Net Issues?

Funders Convening
September 23, 2013, 10:30-5:00pm (EST)
Ford Foundation – 320 East 43rd Street, New York City

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The United States faces tremendous fiscal and social safety net challenges. Where are we headed? Toward fiscal austerity or investment in improving opportunity for America's middle class? Funders joined in a unique day-long conversation with leading pollsters and grantmakers to explore where public opinion and political climate are coming together to create opportunities for action.

Unlike traditional panel presentations where polling experts are invited to come and share their latest findings, this meeting was an opportunity to step away from the specifics of any poll and think more broadly about how the body of polling work helps us to think about two key questions:

  • Where are the public sentiment and political climate coming together on fiscal issues including revenue raising options, the austerity theme and support for publicly funded social and human services?

  • Where are the public sentiment and political climate coming together on economic issues including public and private job creation, the job killer vs job quality theme, and reducing inequality as a tenant of economic recovery?

Communications Experts:

  • Celinda Lake, Lake Partners
  • Anna Greenberg, Greenberg, Quinlan, Rosner
  • Matt Barreto, Latino Decisions
  • Guy Molyneux, Hart Research
  • Paul Taylor, Pew Research Center


  • Alan Jenkins, Opportunity Agenda
  • Meg Bostrom, Topos

Sponsored by: GIST/GCYF/GIH Communications Collaborative and The Ford Foundation