What we do

Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment, nothing can fail; without it nothing can succeed. —Abraham Lincoln

PolicyInteractive (PI) is a nonpartisan, interdisciplinary team of researchers working to understand general public opinions while testing policy alternatives related to trust in governance, global climate change, energy issues, transportation, land use, public revenue, and equity issues like healthcare and housing. To obtain this understanding, we collect media reports and then conduct our own public opinion surveys. We analyze this information and consolidate findings into written reports and discussion-topic presentations, which we share with interested community members, policymakers and leaders. The objective of this project is to improve our collective awareness of pressing environmental and social concerns and improve prospects for problem-solving pathways supported by a broad segment of our society.

Our advisory team includes university researchers, community members, graduate students, nonprofit organizations, policy lawyers, and county and state policymakers.

Building upon existing national and state research, PI aims to identify policy which would have broad support, specific to Oregon. Using Oregon-specific telephone and internet polling, focus groups, and interviews, PI:

  • Listens to public opinions on key policy issues;
  • Engages with critical thinkers and actors on policy issues;
  • Analyzes opinion trends over time;
  • Evaluates environmental messages and policy initiatives;
  • Looks for common ground among citizens; and
  • Presents key findings to policy and other decision-makers.

Recent findings of PI polling show that:

  • Public concern about the human contribution to global warming or climate change exceeds sixty percent but this majority view is not commonly translated into comprehensive policy action by elected policymakers.
  • A large majority of Oregonians think government should enact a strong energy policy and higher vehicle efficiency standards.
  • Oregonians believe we’d be better off if we consumed less.
  • A strong majority of Oregon citizens believe lifestyle changes will be more effective than technological solutions in addressing climate change.
  • Oregonians are less anxious about how energy policy is impacting them personally than they are about how it affects the nation.
  • Conservation remains a favored policy option over production of resources.

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PolicyInteractive subscribes to the Code of Professional Ethics and Practices of the American Association for Public Opinion Research and is a member of the American Association for Public Opinion Research Transparency Initiative.