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Did Americans become more accepting of Muslims during the Trump years?

Daniel A. Cox May 5, 2021

At a time of heightened racial tensions in the US and growing violence against Asian citizens, it is not clear why there would be a sudden surge in positive feeling towards Muslims. Continue Reading →

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Some of my best friends

Daniel A. Cox April 16, 2021

Despite growing diversity in the US, few Americans have close ties to members of minority religious and racial groups. Continue Reading →

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Rise of conspiracies reveals an evangelical divide in the GOP

Daniel A. Cox February 12, 2021

Evangelical Christian Republicans are more likely to embrace conspiracy theories. One explanation? Their affinity to Trump. Continue Reading →

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Religious diversity and change in American social networks: How our social connections shape religious beliefs and behavior

Daniel A. Cox December 15, 2020

New analysis explores the degree to which Americans’ religious networks are composed largely of those with similar beliefs and affiliations or those that are more diverse. It also explores how religious diversity among our close personal relationships serves to structure religious behavior and belief. Continue Reading →

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The 2020 religion vote

Daniel A. Cox November 6, 2020

Religious voters lined up behind their preferred candidates in familiar ways in the 2020 presidential election, but there were some notable shifts. Continue Reading →

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

Daniel A. Cox, John Halpin October 13, 2020

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. Continue Reading →

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Fear, frustration, and faith: Americans respond to the coronavirus outbreak

Daniel A. Cox, Jacqueline Clemence, Karlyn Bowman April 2, 2020

The March 2020 American Perspectives Survey found that young people were most likely to say they have hoarded supplies and a large partisan divide in opinions on how the federal government and Donald Trump have handled coronavirus. Continue Reading →

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Younger Christians care less about their partner’s religious beliefs

Daniel A. Cox 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. Continue Reading →

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Hidden identity: When Americans decide to keep their religious background to themselves

Daniel A. Cox January 7, 2020

For many Americans, religion is a fundamental part of who they are. But for many other Americans sharing religious beliefs with others is not as easy. Continue Reading →

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The decline of religion in American family life

Daniel A. Cox, Jacqueline Clemence, Eleanor O'Neil December 11, 2019

Data from the November 2019 American Perspectives Survey reveals that young people may not be to blame for the decline in religious affiliation. Young people report being raised in less religious households than their parents. Continue Reading →

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Daniel A. Cox
March 4, 2021

Social isolation and community disconnection are not spurring conspiracy theories

New analysis from the January 2021 American Perspectives Survey shows that having an active social life and regular engagement with people in your neighborhood does not inoculate against believing in conspiracies. Continue Reading →

Daniel A. Cox
February 11, 2021

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

The January 2021 American Perspectives Survey looks at post-election sentiments, beliefs in conspiracies, attitudes toward political violence, political segregation, and general feelings toward the United States. Continue Reading →

Daniel A. Cox
December 15, 2020

Religious diversity and change in American social networks: How our social connections shape religious beliefs and behavior

New analysis explores the degree to which Americans’ religious networks are composed largely of those with similar beliefs and affiliations or those that are more diverse. It also explores how religious diversity among our close personal relationships serves to structure religious behavior and belief. Continue Reading →

Daniel A. Cox, Karlyn Bowman
December 9, 2020

A turning point? Americans grapple with COVID-19 amid enduring partisan and racial divisions

The November 2020 APS explores how Americans are grappling with COVID-19 amid soaring numbers of infections, finding that more Americans say they would get a free, FDA-approved vaccine, but large partisan divisions persist. It also challenges the “shy Trump voter” hypothesis, offering possible explanations for Trump’s increased support among non-white voters.    Continue Reading →