Project Update, Press Release

Pew Experts Respond to President's State of the Union Address


In his 2013 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama raised two issues that are relevant to the work of The Pew Charitable Trusts: economic mobility and elections. Both the president and Sen. Marco Rubio in the GOP response mentioned mobility and opportunity. Pew's research on economic mobility shows that there are important drivers, such as education, savings, and neighborhood poverty, that enable people to change positions on the economic ladder. Their statements demonstrate that economic mobility is a unifying and bipartisan lens for policymakers that can ensure the American Dream for generations to come.

Also during the address, the president announced a commission to improve the voting experience on Election Day. The Pew Charitable Trusts recently released an Elections Performance Index that, for the first time, measures election administration effectiveness in all 50 states and D.C. The work of the commission could contribute significantly to efforts to improve how elections are run in this country.

In the videos below, two Pew experts—Erin Currier from the Economic Mobility Project and David Becker from the Election Initiatives project—respond to the president's remarks.