In this episode, Public Agenda president Will Friedman discusses why it is important to highlight the things on which Americans can agree, how to pave the way for a discussion that doesn’t feel loaded from the beginning, and why his organization started Hidden Common Ground, a project exploring where Americans agree or disagree on solutions for issues from economic opportunities and equity to immigration or law enforcement. This is part 2 of a 4 part series about division and common ground in the U.S.
Guest: Will Friedman, president of the nonpartisan research and public engagement organization Public Agenda
Hidden Common Ground’s first report deals explores how Americans think and feel about divisiveness.
Over the year 2020, Hidden Common Ground published several reports on where Americans agree – and where there really is division – on a range of issues.