Rise of conspiracies reveals an evangelical divide in the GOP

February 12, 2021 Daniel A. Cox

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

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

December 15, 2020 Daniel A. Cox

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.

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The 2020 religion vote

November 6, 2020 Daniel A. Cox

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

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

October 13, 2020 Daniel A. Cox, John Halpin

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

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

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.

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Younger Christians care less about their partner’s religious beliefs

February 13, 2020 Daniel A. Cox

Younger Christians are much more comfortable than older Christians with the idea of dating someone who does not share their views about God.

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

January 7, 2020 Daniel A. Cox

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.

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The decline of religion in American family life

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

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.

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Are Americans who attend neighborhood churches better off?

June 25, 2019 Daniel A. Cox

Beyond cutting down commute times and saving on gas there is no obvious benefit to attending religious services close to home.

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The decline of church membership

April 19, 2019 Daniel A. Cox

A new survey by Gallup finds that membership in religious congregations is plummeting.

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Survey Reports

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.

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.

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.

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.