Religious Americans agree on limiting in-person services, split on returning to worship as usual

Voter Study Group

May 22, 2020 Daniel A. Cox, Robert Griffin

Majorities of Americans remain concerned about COVID-19, and it’s unclear what in-person religious services will look like.


Millennials are leaving religion and not coming back


December 12, 2019 Daniel A. Cox, Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux

Millennials are more likely to say they they have no religion as they are to identify as Christian, as evidence mounts that today’s younger generations may be leaving religion for good.


Joe Biden has a serious college-voter problem

Business Insider

October 8, 2019 Daniel A. Cox

The former vice president has faced challenges shoring up support among a key Democratic constituency: college students.


The Christian right is helping drive liberals away from religion


September 18, 2019 Daniel A. Cox, Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux

Liberals have been leaving organized religion in high numbers over the past few decades. Blaming the Democrats doesn’t capture the profound role that conservative Christian activists have played in transforming the country’s religious landscape.


Could Trump drive young white Evangelicals away from the GOP?


August 20, 2019 Daniel A. Cox

Trump has found young white Evangelicals harder to win over. For many older white Evangelicals, Trump’s vigorous public defense of conservative Christians remains the most compelling reason to support his reelection.


The 2020 presidential election could come down to college students and that could be trouble for Trump

August 4, 2019 Daniel A. Cox

Trump is not terribly popular on college campuses. What matters is how students feel about the political environment and their potential to affect it.


Having a library or cafe down the block could change your life

The Atlantic

May 20, 2019 Daniel A. Cox, Ryan Streeter

Living near community-oriented public and commercial spaces brings a host of social benefits. People living in amenity-rich communities are much less likely to feel isolated from others.


Fewer Americans Think LGBT People Face Discrimination


March 21, 2019 Daniel A. Cox

Perception of discrimination against LGBT people have plummeted in the last few years. Still, the drop has not coincided with a broader shift in the public’s thinking about discrimination in society overall.


Most churches are losing members fast — but not the Mormons. Here’s why.

March 6, 2019 Daniel A. Cox

One-quarter of Americans are religiously unaffiliated today, and Christian denominations are contending with massive drops. The success of the Mormon Church may have to do with their unrelenting focus on the family.


Trump’s stumbles with a huge, traditionally-Republican religious group could cause him major problems in 2020

Business Insider

January 26, 2019 Daniel A. Cox

Only 58 percent of Mormon voters said they would back Trump over Democratic candidate Joe Biden, the current leading contender for the nomination.


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.