Recent Commentary

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.

Daniel A. Cox
November 24, 2020

Could social alienation among some Trump supporters help explain why polls underestimated Trump again?

There was a large swing to Trump among white voters who had low levels of social trust — a group that researchers have found is also less likely to participate in telephone surveys.