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Current Threat Level : VERY HIGH THREAT LEVEL 7 

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Welcome to the VSD Narrative Assessment Portal.


According to the latest exit polls, "THREATS" to democracy are of great concern to Americans. The strength of our democracy was top of mind for voters as they returned a surprising "split" result in the 2022 midterms. The Biden Democrats held on to control in the Senate and MAGA Republicans gained a narrow majority in the House. What continued to be of interest to us was that many voters in both parties still believed democracy would fail in America... for different reasons. These are important narratives to understand when you ask the question... 


"Is Democracy Threatened in America?"


The stories we tell in the run up to the 2024 Presidential election will determine if democracy in America is re-energized or not. This portal provides you with in-depth narrative analysis of the news stories we think are currently impacting democracy in this country. Based on this narrative analysis, VSD calculates the current threat level to democracy in America and displays it on the VSD meter every two weeks.


Our VSD narrative analysis team is made up of moderate conservatives, independents and liberals. We identify with the majority of Americans who still believe our democratic norms are worth preserving. We believe that whatever happens to our democracy will depend on which of the two Make America Great narratives voters choose moving forward. The one that supports anti-democratic perspectives or the one that ensures pro-democracy governance.


The Vital Signs of Democracy meter is intended to give you a quick snapshot of the current threat level to democracy in America based on our proven, proprietary Narrative Threat Analysis process. It provides a threat rating based on our analysis of the myriad of news articles, social media posts and podcast transcripts that are reporting on the current challenges to our democracy.


Our Narrative Threat Analysis looks at a diverse, representative sample of these news sources. Click on VSD News Service Sources link above to see our sampling universe. It then sorts the viewpoints they contain into 10 key narrative factors and rates them for their individual threat level. We then aggregate the individual threat ratings into a master threat rating that is displayed on the Vital Signs meter.  

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A Sample of Key Individual News Narratives RELEVANT 
to our Narrative Threat Level Analysis of Democracy in America
June 15-31, 2024
Factor 5: The Independence of Our System of Checks and Balances- Very High Threat Level 7 out of ten 
Sample of Relative News Articles
Factor 6: The Cultural Impact of Cable, Social Media News Feeds and Technology on Democracy
Very High Threat Level 8 out of ten 
Sample of Relative News Articles
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