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For black voters, friends and family may be a critical link to the Democratic Party

Daniel A. Cox April 2, 2021

With high turnout in the 2020 election, black voters appear poised to remain a critical constituency in the Democratic Party. But their strong support for Democratic candidates and continued political involvement is a function of their social circumstances. Continue Reading →

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Few Americans are confident in American democracy, but younger Americans are especially skeptical

Daniel A. Cox, Samantha Goldstein March 8, 2021

If governments can effectively administer the COVID-19 vaccine and deliver economic support, it will go a long way in demonstrating that even if government is clunky and the results imperfect, the institutions of democratic governance can work. Continue Reading →

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Don’t believe the Trump hype: Who is actually protesting in 2020

Samuel J. Abrams October 21, 2020

Even with COVID-19 dominating the news and people being asked to stay home and social distance, Americans are leaving their homes to protest the state of the nation ahead of the November Presidential election. Continue Reading →

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Democrats and Republicans believe their opponents’ policies threaten the national interest

Daniel A. Cox September 30, 2020

Lost amid the rhetorical brinksmanship in the fight to replace Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who recently passed after battling pancreatic cancer, is the reason Republicans believe this particular fight is necessary and why Democrats are unlikely to take a measured response. Continue Reading →

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Hating Donald Trump won’t be enough for Democrats to win

Daniel A. Cox March 3, 2020

If Democrats plan to coast by on public antipathy alone, they could be in for a rude awakening. Continue Reading →

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Dating across the aisle is difficult in the age of Trump

Daniel A. Cox February 10, 2020

It’s not surprising that Trump has intruded into our dating lives. Through social media, news coverage, and a barrage of controversial comments, Trump is a feature of American public life. Continue Reading →

Survey report

Partisan attachment: How politics is changing dating and relationships in the Trump era

Daniel A. Cox, Jacqueline Clemence, Eleanor O'Neil February 6, 2020

In the January 2020 American Perspectives Survey, no other issue is more of a deal breaker for Americans when it comes to dating than someone having a different opinion on abortion. Many also find it would be difficult to date someone with a different opinion on Donald Trump. Continue Reading →

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Toward a climate change consensus?

Daniel A. Cox, Eleanor O'Neil October 9, 2019

When it comes to climate change, Democrats and Republicans do not agree on much. Continue Reading →

Survey report

Public views of political compromise and conflict and partisan misperceptions

Daniel A. Cox, Jacqueline Clemence, Eleanor O'Neil October 2, 2019

In the inaugural American Perspectives Survey, a new look at political compromise, disagreement, and how Americans perceive the demographic makeup of Democrats and Republicans reveals places of agreement and areas of misconceptions among the public. Continue Reading →

Commentary

Fewer Americans Think LGBT People Face Discrimination

Daniel A. Cox March 21, 2019

Perception of discrimination against LGBT people have plummeted in the last few years. Still, the drop has not coincided with a broader shift in the public’s thinking about discrimination in society overall. Continue Reading →

Survey Reports

3 friends having coffee time on a terrace

Daniel A. Cox
June 8, 2021

The state of American friendship: Change, challenges, and loss

The May 2021 American Perspectives Survey finds that Americans report having fewer close friendships than they once did, talking to their friends less often, and relying less on their friends for personal support. Continue Reading →

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. Continue Reading →

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. Continue Reading →

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. Continue Reading →