Conspiracy theories, misinformation, COVID-19, and the 2020 election

Findings from the September 2020 American Perspectives Survey

The September 2020 American Perspectives Survey tested various existing conspiracy theories about politics and misconceptions about public health to ascertain overall support for these ideas and examine whether demographic or partisan backgrounds are associated with greater propensity to accept or reject certain theories.

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Our media bubbles reflect a larger problem of political segregation

Our media bubbles reflect a larger problem of political segregation

October 27, 2020
A new study from the Survey Center on American Life finds that Republican trust in conservative media outlets is closely tied to the political composition of their friendship network, and not solely due to partisan affinities.
The urban-rural divide over the coronavirus outbreak

The urban-rural divide over the coronavirus outbreak

Despite clear partisan gaps in views about the coronavirus outbreak, where Americans live is shaping how they respond to it.
Millennials and baby boomers are not at odds over coronavirus

Millennials and baby boomers are not at odds over coronavirus

March 20, 2020
When it comes to the coronavirus pandemic, younger and older Americans are not responding so differently.
Hating Donald Trump won’t be enough for Democrats to win

Hating Donald Trump won’t be enough for Democrats to win

March 3, 2020
If Democrats plan to coast by on public antipathy alone, they could be in for a rude awakening.
Younger Christians care less about their partner’s religious beliefs

Younger Christians care less about their partner’s religious beliefs

February 13, 2020
Younger Christians are much more comfortable than older Christians with the idea of dating someone who does not share their views about God.
Dating across the aisle is difficult in the age of Trump

Dating across the aisle is difficult in the age of Trump

February 10, 2020
It’s not surprising that Trump has intruded into our dating lives. Through social media, news coverage, and a barrage of controversial comments, Trump is a feature of American public life.

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Biden’s attempts to win over voters at the center of the political spectrum has helped him overperform among Republican-leaning independents.

Only 55 percent of Republican-leaning independents are supporting Trump, while Biden has consolidated support among 80 percent of Democratic-leaning independents.

 

Survey Reports
Dating in the Trump era: How politics is changing romance | IN 60 SECONDS

Partisan politics of the Trump era have become a part of daily life, often serving as a point of contention in basic social interactions — and new survey results show that it’s affecting our dating lives as well. AEI’s Jacqueline Clemence explains.