Daniel A. Cox

Director | @dcoxpolls

Daniel Cox is the Director of the Survey Center on American Life and a senior 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 co-founded and where he led the organization’s qualitative and quantitative research program. 

He is also the co-author 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.

Kelsey Eyre

Research Assistant | @klehshey

Kelsey Eyre is a research assistant here at American Enterprise Institute (AEI)’s Survey Center on American Life. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Brigham Young University with a minor in Mandarin Chinese.

Kelsey has researched and written about partisan trust, partisan sorting, and the intersection of politics and religion. She assists Dan with public opinion and survey research.


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 senior 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 senior 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.

Recent Commentary

Gen Z at a Roe vs. Wade protest

Daniel A. Cox
June 1, 2022

There’s A New Age Gap On Abortion Rights

Americans’ views on abortion have been relatively consistent for years despite massive demographic changes, social upheaval and shifting perspectives on sexuality. But that may be about to change.

Daniel A. Cox
May 12, 2022

Will Abortion Redefine the 2022 Elections?

Democratic losses in November seem predestined. For many political observers, the only question left is how bad will it get?

A young woman with curly blond hair stands alone on a red and green athletic court.

Daniel A. Cox
April 11, 2022

Gen Z is the Loneliest Generation — and It’s Their Parents Fault

Gen Z is the most accomplished generation, but new data show they missed out on fun and family, leaving them more adrift than previous generations.

An African American teenager male attending church.

Daniel A. Cox
April 10, 2022

Stop Blaming Young People for Leaving Religion

Much of the decline in current religious commitments can be traced back to the way young adults have been raised.