The 117 participants for Idaho's Deliberation Day were
chosen from a random sample taken from the ten southwest
Idaho counties. National polling firm Guild Group Incorporated
(GGI) conducted the search for participants, all of whom
responded to an initial survey on the issues and were
provided background material.
At the event, participants spent the day in small groups,
discussing two topics: jobs and national security. Each
group also produced questions to ask a panel of experts
during the afternoon Plenary Session.
participants also completed two additional questionnaires
during the day; one after the first small group discussion;
one at the conclusion of the day's activities.
The counties represented by the participants were Ada,
Adams, Boise, Canyon, Elmore, Gem, Owyhee, Payette, Valley,
The collective views of these citizens will provide local
and national media with an extraordinary "poll with
a human face." Local results will be compared with
national Deliberative Polling data on what people from
all over the country think, on reflection, after they
too have had a chance to become informed about the issues.
The process strengthens a building block of our democracy:
the willingness of Americans to participate in a civil
exchange where the contrary views are respected.