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If you have a lot of friends, you’re probably more active in politics

Daniel A. Cox, Jacqueline Clemence February 8, 2021

Having a robust network of friends and family may encourage us to become more active in civic and political life. Continue Reading →

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Holiday spending in 2020

Karlyn Bowman, Jacqueline Clemence December 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. Continue Reading →

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For Republicans, abortion attitudes differ depending on the composition of their social circle

Daniel A. Cox, Samantha Goldstein October 7, 2020

Although abortion attitudes are highly polarized between the two parties and the issue remains contentious, among Republicans, views vary depending on their political networks. Continue Reading →

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Socially distant: How our divided social networks explain our politics

Daniel A. Cox, Ryan Streeter, Samuel J. Abrams, Jacqueline Clemence September 30, 2020

The American National Social Network Survey is designed to help us understand how the nature of personal networks and relationships conditions personal behavior and influences decisions. Continue Reading →

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The parents are not all right: The experiences of parenting during a pandemic

Daniel A. Cox, Samuel J. Abrams July 9, 2020

Parenting during a pandemic has placed a huge burden on those with children at home. As parent’s think about sending their children back to school during the coronavirus pandemic, mothers are especially anxious about the idea. Mothers have experienced a decline in mental health, especially single mothers. 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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Dating across the aisle is difficult in the age of Trump

Daniel A. Cox 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. Continue Reading →

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Partisan attachment: How politics is changing dating and relationships in the Trump era

Daniel A. Cox, Jacqueline Clemence, Eleanor O'Neil February 6, 2020

In the January 2020 American Perspectives Survey, no other issue is more of a deal breaker for Americans when it comes to dating than someone having a different opinion on abortion. Many also find it would be difficult to date someone with a different opinion on Donald Trump. 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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Public views of political compromise and conflict and partisan misperceptions

Daniel A. Cox, Jacqueline Clemence, Eleanor O'Neil October 2, 2019

In the inaugural American Perspectives Survey, a new look at political compromise, disagreement, and how Americans perceive the demographic makeup of Democrats and Republicans reveals places of agreement and areas of misconceptions among the public. 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 →