Deliberation Day in Kentucky: By the People
On October 16, 2004, more than 80 Kentuckians gathered at KET to participate in a unique experiment in democracy called Deliberation Day, part of the PBS By the People project. The participants, chosen by a national research firm to represent a cross-section of the states population, discussed two key national issues and then were polled on their attitudes about them. The results were compared to the results at the 16 other national Deliberation Day sites. And because the participants were surveyed about the same issues before deliberating, the survey also gauged the effect of the dialogue on their opinions.
The deliberations and associated surveys were spotlighted in two programs. KET incorporated two segments from the Kentucky discussion in our broadcasts of the MacNeil/Lehrer Productions program Time To Choose: A By the People Election Special, which aired nationally on PBS. And we produced a 30-minute follow-up program featuring the Kentucky discussion, Deliberation Day in Kentucky: By the People. The Kentucky program is available for online viewing.
The Deliberation Day events focused on whatnot whowas at stake in the 2004 national elections. Participants and expert panelists discussed national security and American jobs in a global economy. The process was designed to strengthen a building block of American democracy: the willingness to participate in a civil exchange in which opposing views are respected.
The Deliberation Day event at KET was hosted with support from Central Bank. Deliberation Day in Kentucky: By the People is a KET production, produced by Bill Goodman and Renee Shaw in cooperation with the NewCities Foundation and the Kentucky League of Cities. For more information on the project, see PBSs By the People web site.