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Recent Commentary

Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a rally at the Steer N' Stein bar at the Iowa State Fair on August 12, 2023. (Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

Daniel A. Cox
September 10, 2023

Trump is Not as Strong as He Looks

Despite an early polling lead, Donald Trump’s position in the 2024 GOP primary is more tenuous than it appears.

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Daniel A. Cox
August 17, 2023

Boys Aren’t Growing More Conservative. They’re Just Not That Into Politics.

In fact, many young people remain politically noncommittal as they figure out where they fit in.

Abortion protesters gathered with "love them both" and "keep abortion legal" signs

Daniel A. Cox, Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux
June 29, 2023

Nonreligious Americans are the New Abortion Voters

After Dobbs, abortion might prove a bigger motivating factor for nonreligious voters than religious, pro-life Americans

image of a man sitting before a cyber-like face

Daniel A. Cox
June 7, 2023

The Price We’ll Pay for Our AI Future: More Loneliness

Americans are trapped in a loneliness epidemic and AI chatbots like ChatGPT could make it even worse.