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By providing a bottom up assessment of democratic legitimacy, political trust, and quality of governance, the GBS adds insights and interpretations to complement indicators compiled by international organizations or official statistics published by national governments. Our surveys focus on people, especially their subjective opinions. Since the opinions that individuals express do not always reflect their objective material circumstances, we therefore delve deeper than, for example, official poverty data, by reporting on people’s experiences in obtaining basic human needs and their own perceptions of whether or not they feel poor or economically secure. We also, for example, our comparative surveys complement official electoral statistics with data on self-reported voting pattern, partisan preferences, and how voters participate in the political process. The GBS is dedicated to meaningful and in-depth dialogues with multiple stakeholders such as donor organizations, transnational NGOs, international organizations, international mass media, think tanks, civic organizations, government officials and opinion leaders.