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Democracy North Carolina’s research program is legendary.

Democracy North Carolina is the state’s most respected source of impartial data on the role of money in politics, voter participation and good government. We use our research to inform voters as well as to strengthen our advocacy, organizing, and civic engagement strategies.

Our research has exposed corruption, inspired stricter ethical standards for elected officials, improved campaign finance reporting rules and confirmed the positive effects of electoral reforms on democracy in North Carolina.

For a look at our most recent reports and our research archives, visit our Research Library.

What Makes Us Different

Democracy North Carolina is unique in combining research with advocacy and grassroots organizing. This integrated approach helps us remember that, ultimately, numbers and policy affect the lives of real people.

More Than Just Numbers

Our research plays a vital role in providing statistical evidence that North Carolina needs to continually fine tune its policies to maintain a healthy democracy. We are proud to fulfill this role of convincing our state’s leaders that changes are needed or reforms have worked. But we never lose sight of the fact that behind every number, there are people whose lives are affected by whether their elected officials listen to their constituents and act for the common good.

What’s Ahead

Going forward, we intend to continue to:

  • Follow the money trail in North Carolina politics, especially the impact of special interests on public policy.
  • Explore how electoral policy and voting patterns affect the quality of life that North Carolina offers.
  • Expose impropriety and hold our leaders accountable, regardless of position or party.

Research Partners

While we conduct research to further the public good, we also serve as research partners to other good government organizations as well as the government itself. Other organizations have used our research skills to identify voting patterns and areas where targeted voter education is needed, to track campaign finance patterns and to highlight areas where new ethical regulations are needed. If you are interested in partnering with Democracy NC on a research project, please contact