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New AP series takes pulse of disrupted electorate

, by Patrick Maks

A new data-driven AP series will examine the state of the American electorate as it grapples with the coronavirus pandemic and racial injustice ahead of the 2020 U.S. presidential election.

It launches tomorrow. 

Using its unrivaled footprint of journalists in all 50 states, the AP’s “America Disrupted” will survey the American electorate during a period of extraordinary upheaval, exploring how the tumult has changed how Americans’ lives and how they vote.

A protester carries a U.S. flag upside down next to a burning building, May 29, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

The series takes the pulse of a nation confronting a series of crises, looking at whether issues including the coronavirus, health care, the economy and shifting demographics are changing communities and voters’ minds. 

“America Disrupted” uses data gathered through AP VoteCast, the new standard survey of the American electorate, AP-NORC polling and other sources to tell the story of demographic and public opinion trends in the U.S.

The first story, which digs into the stirrings of change in Saginaw, Michigan, will be available to AP member news organizations and customers on Tuesday, July 7. Subsequent installments are planned through November. The stories will include photo and video elements. 

All of the stories comprising “America Disrupted” will be available online.