Twin Cities Election Forum

The heated 2016 Presidential campaign cycle painted a picture of a country so at odds with itself that productive conversation between partisans appeared impossible. Researcher and lecturer C. Daniel Myers, of the University of Minnesota, gathered 52 demographically and politically representative registered voters to understand whether voters could, through deliberation, empathize and collaborate with supporters of the opposing candidate to identify top reasons which most recommended each presidential candidate.

The Jefferson Center joined C. Daniel Myers in the Twin Cities Election Forum (TCEF) in a consultant capacity for the project’s design, participant recruitment, and facilitator training. The TCEF was financially supported by a grant from the College of Liberal Arts’ Joan Aldous Innovation Fund.

Discover the results of the participants’ deliberation here.