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 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 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.


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

Daniel A. Cox, Brent Orrell
July 25, 2021

We asked hundreds of unemployed Americans what’s keeping them out of work — it’s not unemployment benefits

The Survey Center for American Life’s new survey shows a difference in needs between the pandemic unemployed and the chronically unemployed. Continue reading on Insider

Just-married couple gets off a party bus while bridal party celebrates them

Daniel A. Cox
July 20, 2021

Can married men and women be friends? Marriage, friendship, and loneliness

The time we invest on our relationships, whether it is with a partner, spouse, or a friend, is likely the most important thing we can do to ensure a long, healthy, and fulfilling life.

Silhouette of a young man standing outside an apartment window

Daniel A. Cox
July 6, 2021

American men suffer a friendship recession

After a prolonged period of social isolation, Americans are dusting off their social calendars. But as Americans try to rebuild and reconnect, a new survey conducted by the Survey Center on American Life finds that the social landscape is far less favorable than it once was.

COVID-19 vaccination stickers sit in waiting during the Columbus Public Health drop-in clinic at Stonewall Columbus in the Short

Daniel A. Cox
June 29, 2021

Peer pressure, not politics, may matter most when it comes to getting the COVID-19 vaccine

Americans experience widely different levels of social pressure to get the COVID-19 vaccine. And for better or worse, our friends exercise considerable influence over the information we have and the decisions we make.