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Project for an Informed Electorate

PIE Research  

The Project for an Informed Electorate engages in research aimed at understanding how the electorate gets informed, how much citizens know, and what issues there might be with inaccurate knowledge. Be sure to check back for updated research!

PIE Media Lab

Since 2006, we've been partnering with the Sacramento Media Group to encourage informative coverage of elections on local TV news by coding the content of that news.  We also code the campaign ad content and analyze the amount and type of information viewers are getting when the view news programs.  Read the reports here. We are currently working on crunching the last of the 2010 data and recording the 2012 data.

Current Projects 

Effects on Gender Perceptions of the Clinton Candidacy 

  • Kimberly Nalder and Danielle Martin of PIE analyzed Californians' opinions of Hillary Clinton alongside Meredith Conroy of California State University, Sanat Barbara. Featured in USAPP, this article investigates how supporters and detractors describe the Democratic candidate. 

More Coming Soon! 

Citizen Understanding of the Voting Procedure 

Do citizens fail to vote due to misunderstanding of rules and procedures? New CalSpeaks poll answers this question! 

Perceptions of Political Protest by Ideology 

Is protest against the government okay all the time or only if it supports your ideology? New CalSpeaks data analyzes! 

Influence of Independent Fact Checking Organizations on Public Opinion 

When do voters trust fact checkers completely? 

Past Projects:



Voting and Election Administration

  • PIE Faculty Affiliate Elizabeth Bergman at CSU East Bay is working on technology and civic engagement and non-voting in primary elections projects. A recent piece on administering elections and reform is available at CJPP.
  • Prof. Bergman has been at work on a new online resource for the study of American state elections and voting.  Below see three parts:
  1. Complete document about voter information statutes in the 50 States
  2. State-by-state voter information statute look-up in PDF
  3. Excel file with hyperlinks to most state web sites.