WVWVAF relies heavily on Research & Development (R&D) to improve the effectiveness of its programs and tools and increase cost -efficiency. From public opinion surveys to controlled experiments to measure and improve programmatic effectiveness and cost-efficiency, WVWVAF uses a broad array of research instruments to develop and refine programs, tools and tactics designed to educate, mobilize and persuade unmarried women and other key constituencies to participate in our democracy and our government.
Unmarried women are key to reaching other politically under-participating, under-represented groups. They are the largest segment and the primary driver of the Rising American Electorate (RAE.) Together unmarried women, people of color and young people make up the majority (53 percent) of the eligible U.S. voters. And unmarried women make up a large percentage of the Latino and African-American populations and of young people under 30.
New WVWVAF Poll on the Affordable Care Act
38 Percent: National Survey on the New Political Realities for Health Care
New Research from WVWVAF/Democracy Corps
Unmarried Women Deeply Opposed to the Sequester
Winning the 47 percent and the future gets Obama back
Voter Views of Rep. Paul Ryan – Voters in Swing Districts Reject Ryan Budge, Single Women Motivated to Action
- Just 41 percent support the Ryan budget plan, described simply as “a budget for the next 10 years that cuts an additional 5.3 trillion dollars from the federal budget,” with 42 percent opposed.
- The Ryan budget gets just a third of moderates, who make up more than a third of this electorate.
- When the budget is described — using as much of Paul Ryan’s description as possible — support collapses 7 points to 34 percent, with just 16 percent strongly supporting the plan.
- The result is that after voters hear a neutral description of the budget and a balanced debate between Republican arguments for the budget and Democratic attacks against it, the vote shifts a net 9 points, from a six-point vote margin for Republicans to a three-point advantage for Democrats. Importantly, those who shift include key blocs of voters that will be essential to the outcomes in these Republican-held districts in November.
- The greatest problem in the Ryan budget is the view that it protects the tax position of the wealthy. 64% of all voters said it caused them to doubt incumbents who voted for it. It raised doubts across the board: 68% white seniors 66% white blue collar voters 72% unmarried women independents 67% self-identified moderate voters 71% 45% Romney voters
- The changes to Medicare in the Ryan Budget create concerns. These were most serious among self-identified moderate voters – 76% independents and weak partisans – 69%, the Rising American Electorate (young people, minority voters and unmarried women) - 69%, seniors – 68% and rural voters – 65%
- These women began the focus groups suspicious of both the Republican Congress and Mitt Romney.
- While women, particularly older and more middle-income women, recognize the budget crisis, the credibility of the Ryan plan and its supporters are undone by the length of time it will take to reach being in the black and by the tax cuts for the wealthy. (“I’ll be long gone by 2040”)
- The facts about Republican health and economic policies related to women” carries great power and potential. When presented with a list of Republican votes and positions against women, the whole atmosphere of the room changed.
- Voters who were ambiguous about their choices made defeating this agenda a priority.
- It is important to recognize there is a distinction between viewing a political party as indifferent to their priorities and a party as hostile to their interests. The former produces a group of voters somewhat ambiguous about their choices in 2012 and listless about voting. The latter produces an electorate that is angry, engaged and committed to participating.