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America in One Room

America in One Room (A1R)

September 19 – 22, 2019   
Dallas, Texas


America in One Room (A1R) was a historic gathering of 500 American voters who participated in a nonpartisan discussion about major issues in the 2020 presidential election. The participants—our citizen-delegates—were carefully selected to form an accurate, representative sample of the entire American electorate in all its political, cultural, and demographic diversity.

Over the course of the event, the delegates learned about the issues; deliberated amongst themselves in a thoughtful, civil, and substantive fashion; and had town-hall discussions directly with presidential candidates. Their views on the issues and the relative merits of the candidates were documented and shared with the public, candidates, and policymakers, giving a clearer, more balanced, and more informed idea of the political landscape heading into the election.

A1R was organized as a Deliberative Poll®, under the supervision of the Center for Deliberative Democracy at Stanford University. The participants were selected using stratified random sampling, with survey work conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago. A1R was managed and produced in collaboration with By the People Productions and is a Helena Project. For press inquiries, please contact

Table of Contents: 

Voices of America in One Room America in One Room—Election Follow-Up Snapchat Video Series YouTube Video Research Results Briefing Material Participants Press   


Voices of America in One Room

Voices of America in One Room

Imagine being a part of a large group of people, all with differing points of view, socio-economic beliefs, and backgrounds. Now imagine you were asked to discuss a variety of important issues, such as the economy, the environment, and immigration. In September of 2019, a total of 526 registered American voters were brought together to discuss important issues that impact all of us. Participants were respectful, addressed each talking point more objectively, and simply approached these issues as individuals who are being impacted by them daily.

From The Center for Deliberative Democracy at Stanford University, this is Voices of America in One Room. Join us this season as we revisit experiences from the event, and talk about important social issues that impact all of us.

America in One Room—Election Follow-Up

The participants in the Deliberative Poll in Dallas and the control group were surveyed in a recent follow-up conducted by NORC. 463 of the original deliberators and 710 of the original control group responded. They were asked about how much they followed the campaign, what they thought of the government’s handling of the Covid crisis and who they planned to vote for. Results for both the deliberators and the control group are presented here.


Snapchat Video Series

Snapchat launched an 8 part video series based on America In One Room.

YouTube Video

Former US President Bill Clinton discussed America in One Room at the annual annual Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lecture at Georgetown University Law School.



Briefing Materials




Lessons from America in One Room - a League of Women Voters webinar. Video recording is available here