Research Assistant, Survey Center on American Life

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. 

Recent reports

Politics, Sex, and Sexuality: The Growing Gender Divide in American Life

Politics, Sex, and Sexuality: The Growing Gender Divide in American Life

Beatrice LeeApril 27, 20226 min read

In American society, the debate over the degree to which men and women are different continues to serve as a cultural and political flash point. While some differences between men…

Public Places and Commercial Spaces: How Neighborhood Amenities Foster Trust and Connection in American Communities

Public Places and Commercial Spaces: How Neighborhood Amenities Foster Trust and Connection in American Communities

Beatrice LeeOctober 20, 202113 min read

Acknowledgments The Survey Center on American Life of the American Enterprise Institute is grateful to the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation for its generous support of the American…

recent blogs

Diversity and Disconnection

Diversity and Disconnection

Beatrice LeeMarch 1, 20224 min read

American social life is undergoing momentous changes. We have fewer close friends than we used to have. More Americans are single or living by themselves. We are less apt to…

Recent Commentary

Young man laying down scrolling on his cell phone

Daniel A. Cox
February 9, 2024

Gen Z’s Romance Gap: Why Nearly Half of Young Men Aren’t Dating

Until very recently, American culture has operated on the flawed notion that teenage dating and sex required little encouragement. Teenage romance was once seen as a natural part of American adolescence. This, it turns out, is completely wrong. Teenage dating is not inevitable and it’s a rapidly disappearing part of the American teenage experience. These

Young man and woman walking away from one another

Daniel A. Cox
January 23, 2024

The War within Gen Z

Young men and women no longer agree on anything. What happened?

Teenage boy texting

Daniel A. Cox
November 21, 2023

Smells Like Teen Solitude

Smartphone and parenting trends have pushed off major life milestones.

Daniel A. Cox
November 15, 2023

Are The Kids Alright?

What on earth is happening with young voters? A New York Times/Siena College poll of six battleground states found Joe Biden with a one-point lead over former president Trump among 18 to 29 year old registered voters, representing a 25-point swing from the 2020 election. There’s no doubt that Biden is less popular today than when he first