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Threats and Harassment in Local Government

In partnership with the Bridging Divides Initiative (BDI) at Princeton University, CivicPulse has been tracking the rate at which local elected leaders are experiencing threats, harassment, or physical attacks since the summer of 2022. So far, CivicPulse has conducted seven surveys and BDI has conducted almost 100 follow-up interviews with survey participants. Check out some of the key insights into this topic by clicking the links below. Or scroll down to explore our interactive tool. If you're interested in exploring the data, contact us at

Impact of Hostility on School Board Officials Mirrors Experiences of Other Officials
April 30, 2024
Consequences of Hostility on Local Governance
January 31, 2024
How Hostility is Affecting Both Parties
November 30, 2023
Local Government Threats and Harassment Benchmarking Report
November 30, 2023
The Cost of Local Government Leadership
September 26, 2023
In Their Own Words: Threats and Harassment Facing Local Officials
May 25, 2023
How Local Elected Officials Navigate Experiences of Hostility on Social Media
February 28, 2023
High Rates of Harassment and Threats May Deter Entry Into Local Politics
December 14, 2022

Threats and Harassment Dashboard

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