April 18, 2019

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What Americans still want from government reform and how the answer will determine the 2020 election

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NYU Professor Paul C. Light presented his latest research on how government reform could be the defining issue in who wins the presidency in 2020. Joining him in a panel discussion hosted by NYU Washington, DC to discuss the implications for 2020 following his presentation included Jocelyn Kiley, Associate Director of Research at Pew Research Center, William Kristol, Founder and Former Editor-at-large at the Weekly Standard, Karen Tumulty, Columnist at The Washington Post, and Vanessa Williamson, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution.

According to Professor Light's latest surveys, almost two-thirds of Americans now agree that the federal government needs very major government reform. Americans may agree that the federal government isn't working well, but are sharply divided about what the federal government should deliver. One group of Americans, which Light calls the "dismantlers" think the federal government needs reform and want a smaller government that delivers fewer services, while a second group, which Light calls the "rebuilders" also think the federal government needs reform but want a bigger government that delivers more services. According to Light's research, the dismantlers and rebuilders form the core of the 2020 electorate but are still in play. The dismantlers still back Donald Trump for president but have increasing doubts about his performance, while the rebuilders have yet to find a candidate who speaks directly to their desire for better government performance. Much as the current field of Democratic candidates agree on the need for campaign and ethics reform, Americans also want the federal government to be more effective and responsive to the public.

Jocelyn Kiley

Jocelyn Kiley

William Kristol

William Kristol

Paul Light

Paul Light

Karen Tumulty

Karen Tumulty

Vanessa Williamson

Vanessa Williamson