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Founded in 1975 by social scientist Daniel Yankelovich and former Secretary of State Cyrus Vance, Public Agenda pursues a two-part mission. Drawing on its own research, Public Agenda prepares educational materials that help explain policy to the public in a balanced and easily understood way. Citizens use this information to weigh various choices and make educated decisions. Public Agenda has addressed such issues as school and health care reform, national security, AIDS, crime, economic competitiveness and the environment. Public Agenda is a leader in public opinion research.

For over a quarter of a century, Public Agenda has been providing unbiased and unparalleled research that bridges the gap between American leaders and what the public really thinks about issues ranging from education to foreign policy to immigration to religion and civility in American life. Nonpartisan and nonprofit, Public Agenda was founded by social scientist and author Daniel Yankelovich and former Secretary of State Cyrus Vance in 1975. Public Agenda's two-fold mission is to help:

  • American leaders better understand the public's point of view.
  • Citizens know more about critical policy issues so they can make thoughtful, informed decisions.

Public Agenda is an objective explorer of public opinion and a scrupulously fair minded producer of citizen education materials. Public Agenda's unique research explains and clarifies public attitudes about complex policy issues. Public Agenda's work shows that when presented with accurate information and meaningful choices, Americans can and do make thoughtful decisions.
Public Agenda is frequently consulted by members of Congress and by both Democratic and Republican Administrations. Public Agenda researchers and staff regularly partner with top business and policy organizations.

Public Agenda also works with communities, corporations, school districts and other organizations to conduct substantive public engagement discussions that produce civil, productive dialogue on tough issues.

Every day, thousands log on to Public Agenda Online for up-to-date information on critical issues. Journalists, policy makers, students, teachers and citizens use Public Agenda's web-based Issue Guides to find facts and figures, different perspectives and frequently-updated syntheses of public attitudes.

Resource Link: www.publicagenda.org


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