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America in Focus

Focus Groups with the New York Times

10 Americans on Putin’s War in Ukraine

Where are Americans on the subject of the Russia-Ukraine war? While no respondents in this focus group would identify the war as an issue of top concern, these voters demonstrated a strong motivation toward the U.S. getting involved in Ukraine, but not too involved. Throughout the focus group, respondents answered questions from Kristen Soltis Anderson about their views on Biden’s handling of the Ukraine situation, perceptions of Vladimir Putin, and the looming possibility of nuclear conflict.

10 Americans Debate Courage

In this focus group of Democrats, Republicans, and independent voters, respondents their opinions on political leadership in the U.S. In particular, these voters’ definition of what it means to be politically "courageous". In a conversation ranging from January 6, to the Russia-Ukraine war, and the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, we're offered a picture of how everyday Americans perceive politicians and their ability (or lack thereof) to step up and demonstrate leadership.

These 8 Conservative Men Are Making No Apologies

In this New York Times focus group moderated by Kristen Soltis Anderson, eight conservative men painted their picture of what American society is like today. To summarize, seven out of the eight respondents raised their hands when asked whether they agree with the statement, “I feel like a stranger in my own country.” In particular, they drew attention to feelings of safety—both in terms of physical security and in the security of their free expression.

What Surprised Us With Voters About Jan. 6

Exactly one year and one day after rioters stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021, Echelon Insights moderated a NYT focus group of eight Republican voters about their views on the incident. While some Republicans believed the attack to be exaggerated and misrepresented by the media, others interestingly expressed fear in their association of the insurrection with Donald Trump.

These 12 Women Don’t Want It All. They Want Better.

Kristen Soltis Anderson interviewed eleven women and one voter who identified as nonbinary about some of the greatest changes and pressures they have noticed with respect to their gender. The respondents delved into their relationship with parenthood, the direction of societal gender roles, and how movements such as #MeToo have shaped or not affected their view of progress.

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