After the ballots are counted: Conspiracies, political violence, and American exceptionalism

Findings from the January 2021 American Perspectives Survey

The latest American Perspectives Survey explores post-election sentiments, beliefs in conspiracies, attitudes toward political violence, political segregation, and general feelings toward the United States. The survey finds that roughly half of Americans believe Trump played a role in encouraging the violence at the US Capitol and partisan divides in the use of violence.

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Few Americans are confident in American democracy, but younger Americans are especially skeptical

Few Americans are confident in American democracy, but younger Americans are especially skeptical

Daniel A. Cox, Samantha GoldsteinMarch 8, 2021
If governments can effectively administer the COVID-19 vaccine and deliver economic support, it will go a long way in demonstrating that even if government is clunky and the results imperfect, the institutions of democratic governance can work.
When it comes to conspiracy theories, education matters

When it comes to conspiracy theories, education matters

Daniel A. Cox, Jacqueline ClemenceFebruary 26, 2021
Educational attainment is closely associated with belief in conspiracy theories. However, education appears to matter more for Republicans than Democrats.
Rise of conspiracies reveals an evangelical divide in the GOP

Rise of conspiracies reveals an evangelical divide in the GOP

Daniel A. CoxFebruary 12, 2021
Evangelical Christian Republicans are more likely to embrace conspiracy theories. One explanation? Their affinity to Trump.
Older Americans support getting vaccinated regardless of their politics or the perceived threat of COVID-19

Older Americans support getting vaccinated regardless of their politics or the perceived threat of COVID-19

Daniel A. Cox, Samantha GoldsteinJanuary 8, 2021
As the US ramps up vaccinations, political identity is important in predicting the behavior of younger Americans.
Holiday spending in 2020

Holiday spending in 2020

Karlyn Bowman, Jacqueline ClemenceDecember 17, 2020
The holidays look different this year. In addition to traveling less, having smaller gatherings, and gathering virtually, Americans are also altering their spending habits.
Our media bubbles reflect a larger problem of political segregation

Our media bubbles reflect a larger problem of political segregation

Daniel A. CoxOctober 27, 2020
A new study finds Republican trust in conservative media outlets is closely tied to the political composition of their friendship network.

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The unsubstantiated claim of voter fraud is widely held among Republicans with nearly two-thirds (65 percent) of Republicans say the statement “there was widespread fraud in the 2020 election” is mostly or completely accurate, a view shared by only 22 percent of independents and 2 percent of Democrats.

Americans expressed greater agreement about the existence of fraud in the 2016 presidential election. Eighteen percent of Democrats, 20 percent of independents, and 27 percent of Republicans believe there was evidence of election fraud in 2016.

 

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.