Social isolation and community disconnection are not spurring conspiracy theories

March 4, 2021 Daniel A. Cox

New analysis from the January 2021 American Perspectives Survey shows that having an active social life and regular engagement with people in your neighborhood does not inoculate against believing in conspiracies.

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When it comes to conspiracy theories, education matters

February 26, 2021 Daniel A. Cox, Jacqueline Clemence

Educational attainment is closely associated with belief in conspiracy theories. However, education appears to matter more for Republicans than Democrats.

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Rise of conspiracies reveals an evangelical divide in the GOP

February 12, 2021 Daniel A. Cox

Evangelical Christian Republicans are more likely to embrace conspiracy theories. One explanation? Their affinity to Trump.

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After the ballots are counted: Conspiracies, political violence, and American exceptionalism

February 11, 2021 Daniel A. Cox

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.

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Older Americans support getting vaccinated regardless of their politics or the perceived threat of COVID-19

January 8, 2021 Daniel A. Cox, Samantha Goldstein

As the US ramps up vaccinations, political identity is important in predicting the behavior of younger Americans.

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Holiday spending in 2020

December 17, 2020 Karlyn Bowman, Jacqueline Clemence

The holidays look different this year. In addition to traveling less, having smaller gatherings, and gathering virtually, Americans are also altering their spending habits.

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A turning point? Americans grapple with COVID-19 amid enduring partisan and racial divisions

December 9, 2020 Daniel A. Cox, Karlyn Bowman

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.   

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Our media bubbles reflect a larger problem of political segregation

October 27, 2020 Daniel A. Cox

A new study finds Republican trust in conservative media outlets is closely tied to the political composition of their friendship network.

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What’s going on with Republican women?

October 26, 2020 Daniel A. Cox, Brent Orrell

It is easy to discount QAnon—but the reality is it is quickly emerging from the shadows into a full-blown political movement that periodically receives the passive, and at times, active support of the president of the United States.

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Biden’s ‘seize the center’ campaign strategy may just deliver him the White House

October 25, 2020 Daniel A. Cox

If Biden is able to capitalize on the current set of circumstances presented by an unpopular incumbent, he may show the efficacy of persuasion-based tactics simply by demonstrating that there are more persuadable voters than many of us think.

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Survey Reports

Daniel A. Cox
March 4, 2021

Social isolation and community disconnection are not spurring conspiracy theories

New analysis from the January 2021 American Perspectives Survey shows that having an active social life and regular engagement with people in your neighborhood does not inoculate against believing in conspiracies.

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.