America in One Room

In This Together supported a breakthrough experiment in which a statistically representative sample of Americans came together to participate in the largest Deliberative Poll ever organized.

The Great American Political Experiment

America In One Room (A1R): Climate and Energy, a Helena Project, was a historic event utilizing a Stanford-developed methodology called Deliberative Polling that has been proven to drastically reduce polarization and increase civic education and civic engagement across 120+ applications over 30 years in 30+ countries and jurisdictions.

The topic of this poll was climate & energy.

Let's Talk About Greenhouse Gases

This poll was conducted by the Center for Deliberative Democracy at Stanford University, to ascertain what Americans really think about the impact of Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions when presented with unbiased, factually verifiable information on the issue areas and an opportunity for respectful discussion with diverse others.

The impression often given and reinforced by much of the media, including social media, is that Americans are firmly entrenched in disagreement. This polling process, however, highlights something very different: It illustrates substantial common ground among Americans.

The Poll Lead to Positive Engagement

Whereas much of today’s political discourse drives people apart and then exacerbates those divisions, Deliberative Polls show the opposite is entirely possible: that supported discourse can in fact bring opposing sides together and that the American people welcome this kind of engagement and collaborative problem solving.

When given the opportunity, Americans will come together to engage in positive discourse, and listen and learn from each other productively.

Want to know more about our efforts to support the infrastructure, tools, and methods that promote problem-solving & encourage solutions?

The Results

The results from this poll show that after having an opportunity to discuss the pros and cons of the issues with others in a constructive atmosphere, super-majorities of Americans…

  1. Are concerned about the current path we are taking with regard to GHG emissions and their impact on the planet.
  2. Believe that humans need to undertake action to stop adding GHG’s to the atmosphere.
  3. Believe failure to take immediate action on GHG emissions poses an irresponsible risk to our children’s future.
  4. Support doing much more to combat the causes climate change.

Stay tuned!

We will be releasing more information on the results over the next several days, including specific policy areas with super-majority, bipartisan support for change.

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Media Mentions

How Americans Really Feel About ‘Climate Change’ – The America In One Room Survey

What happens when you put 926 random Americans in a room and tell them to solve the climate crisis

The Problem with Climate Change? Communication

Deliberative Approach To Energy And Climate Challenges Shows How To Bring Americans Together