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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. Continue Reading →

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. Continue Reading →

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. Continue Reading →

Daniel A. Cox
November 19, 2020

The 2020 election was a perfect example of the weaknesses — and strengths — of political polls

For those of us interested in understanding the world, polling offers an incredibly useful and cost-effective tool. It’s critical that we get it right. Continue Reading →