Democrats and Republicans believe their opponents’ policies threaten the national interest

September 30, 2020 Daniel A. Cox

Lost amid the rhetorical brinksmanship in the fight to replace Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who recently passed after battling pancreatic cancer, is the reason Republicans believe this particular fight is necessary and why Democrats are unlikely to take a measured response.


Socially distant: How our divided social networks explain our politics

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

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.


More Americans see Trump as conservative

May 8, 2020 Daniel A. Cox

No one should underestimate Trump’s chances this year — in fact, before the coronavirus outbreak most Americans said he was likely to be reelected.


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

March 3, 2020 Daniel A. Cox

If Democrats plan to coast by on public antipathy alone, they could be in for a rude awakening.


Dating across the aisle is difficult in the age of Trump

February 10, 2020 Daniel A. Cox

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.


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

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

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.


Public views of political compromise and conflict and partisan misperceptions

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

Most Americans believe that political differences do not preclude agreement on other topics. Democrats and Republics would take the same view. There’s less consensus across generations.


Survey Reports

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.   

Daniel A. Cox, Karlyn Bowman, Jacqueline Clemence
November 18, 2020

Hopes and challenges for community and civic life: Perspectives from the nation and Indiana

The coronavirus outbreak has created tensions between urban Americans hit harder by the virus and small towns and rural communities. Despite these disparities, recently released surveys find that before coronavirus, Americans express many of the same ideas and priorities regarding their communities, revealing we may not be as divided as one might think.