Daniel A. Cox 

Director | @dcoxpolls

Daniel Cox is the Director of the Survey Center on American Life and a research fellow in polling and public opinion at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he specializes in survey research, politics, youth culture and identity, and religion. Before joining AEI, he was the research director at PRRI (Public Religion Research Institute), which he cofounded and where he led the organization’s qualitative and quantitative research program. He is also the coauthor of numerous academic book chapters, journal articles, and conference papers on topics relating to religious polarization, anti-Muslim attitudes in the US, religious tolerance of atheists, and new methods for measuring social class and religious belief.  Read more.

Dana Popky

Research Assistant

Dana Popky is a research assistant for the Survey Center on American Life at the American Enterprise Institute. She works with AEI fellow Daniel A. Cox compiling and analyzing polls on a variety of contemporary political and social issues. Before coming to AEI, Dana worked at Pew Research Center analyzing media coverage of President Biden in his first 100 days, and measuring religious restrictions around the world. She graduated from Tufts University with degrees in International Relations and Religion and a minor in Spanish. 

Beatrice Lee

Research Assistant

Beatrice Lee is a research assistant for Politics and Public Opinion Studies and the Survey Center on American Life at the American Enterprise Institute. She works with AEI fellow Daniel A. Cox and visiting scholar Samuel J. Abrams compiling and analyzing polls on a variety of contemporary political and social issues. Before joining AEI, Beatrice worked as a research assistant for Middlebury College, where she developed course material on survey methodology and introductory statistics. She graduated from Middlebury College with a degree in Economics.

Julia Norfleet

Communications Assistant for Domestic Policy Studies

Julia Norfleet is the communications assistant for Domestic Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute. She works with the department’s research teams on branding and promotional priorities. Before coming to AEI, Julia completed an agile marketing strategy internship and fellowship studying the intersection of religion, culture, and political stewardship. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Business Journalism and Hispanic Linguistics. 

Recent Commentary

A group adults sit in a backyard while one of them barbeques.

Samuel J. Abrams
June 8, 2021

Suburbs are not less social than cities

Many believe there are meaningful differences in sociability based on where Americans reside. New data from AEI’s Survey Center on American Life counters this narrative and finds little difference in the social lives of urbanites, suburbanites, and their rural counterparts.  

Daniel A. Cox
May 5, 2021

Biden’s push for big government solutions is popular now — but it could backfire

In the wake of a once-in-a-generation pandemic that has required sustained national intervention and leadership, Americans may be coming around to the benefits of big government.

Daniel A. Cox
March 26, 2021

Support for political violence among Americans is on the rise. It’s a grim warning about America’s political future.

In the wake of the Capitol uprising, we have been forced to reckon with the uncomfortable truth that political violence is no longer a theoretical concern.

Daniel A. Cox
December 22, 2020

Democrats and Republicans should argue more — not less

Our survey showed that when our social circles include a more diverse mix of political beliefs, we are more open to argument and less ideologically extreme. And, arguably, the best way to get to this point is to discuss — and disagree about — politics more.