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Battleground Poll

The Battleground Poll is a national bipartisan survey that has been reliably measuring political opinion among registered voters in the United States for nearly thirty years. Produced by Republican strategist Ed Goeas of The Tarrance Group and Democratic strategist Celinda Lake of Lake Research Partners, this polling series offers unique polling analysis and insights from two top pollsters from different sides of the aisle. Now that the poll is housed at GU Politics, it features a special section on civility.

Voters Agree Politics Has Grown Less Civil Since COVID-19 And Beginning of Biden Presidency

GU Politics released a new edition of the Battleground Poll on February 3— which shows that despite deep concern about the current state of political polarization, majority of voters trust young people to turn things around. Follow the link below to view the full press release with detailed results, individual summaries from Lake Research Partners and The Tarrance Group, and our full dataset.

43% of voters believe politics in our country are less civil since President Biden took office February 2022 Battleground Poll
21% of Americans rank political division as one of the most important issues facing the country February 2022 Battleground Poll
58% of voters say that the events of January 6th make it more likely that the country will have violent political protests in the future February 2022 Battleground Poll

What Is The Battleground & Civility Poll?

Battleground Poll

GU Politics became the home of the Battleground Poll in early 2019, with the first poll under GU Politics released in April 2019. This poll was specifically designed to capture how voters see the other side of the aisle. It investigates trends in demographics and voter attitudes, and investigates where independent voters stand on candidates and contemporary issues. The Battleground Poll presents conclusions from the same dataset through the perspectives of Lake Research Partners and the Tarrance Group.

Civility Poll

After the Battleground Poll became a part of GU Politics, a second component to the Battleground Poll was developed to specifically measure and track voter attitudes on civility in politics. The Civility Poll looks at opinions of registered voters on the state of civility in our national political conversation, painting a long-term picture of how Americans view compromise and common ground in the political arena.

Meet The Pollsters

Ed Goeas, President of The Tarrance Group, and Celinda Lake, President of Lake Research Partners, are leaders in developing, analyzing, and publishing the Battleground Poll.

Ed Goeas, President of The Tarrance Group, and Celinda Lake, President of Lake Research Partners
MSNBC Morning Joe: Voters rate political division as the main issue facing the country - Joe Scarborough & Mo Elleithee on screen

GU Politics Executive Director Mo Elleithee discusses the major findings from our June 2021 Battleground Poll on Morning Joe.

GU Politics Executive Director Mo Elleithee broke down the major findings from our August 2020 Battleground Poll on Morning Joe.

GU Politics Executive Director Mo Elleithee broke down the major findings from our August 2020 Battleground Poll on Morning Joe.

GU Politics Executive Director Mo Elleithee sat down with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews and former Fellow Michael Steel

GU Politics Executive Director Mo Elleithee sat down with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews and former Fellow Michael Steel to discuss some of the highlights found in the April 2019 Battleground Poll.

According to the just-issued Battleground Poll, division ranks a 73 out of 100 and 32% of voters rank political polarization as one of their top two issues. The second is…

The Georgetown University Institute of Politics and Public Service’s battleground poll found that roughly one third of respondents — 32 percent — see the nation’s current divisions as one of…