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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Democrats and Republicans should argue more — not less

December 22, 2020 Daniel A. Cox

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.

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

October 21, 2020 Samuel J. Abrams

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.

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For Republicans, abortion attitudes differ depending on the composition of their social circle

October 7, 2020 Daniel A. Cox, Samantha Goldstein

Although abortion attitudes are highly polarized between the two parties and the issue remains contentious, among Republicans, views vary depending on their political networks.

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Trump’s in danger of losing some of his most faithful voters

June 27, 2020 Daniel A. Cox

It seems clear that Trump’s response to the COVID-19 crisis has hurt him politically. The AEI survey finds that the public has become increasingly critical of Trump’s response to the pandemic, even among his most loyal supporters.

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

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

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.

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Public views of political compromise and conflict and partisan misperceptions

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

Most Americans believe that political differences do not preclude agreement on other topics. Democrats and Republics would take the same view. There’s less consensus across generations.

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The Christian right is helping drive liberals away from religion

September 18, 2019 Daniel A. Cox, Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux

Liberals have been leaving organized religion in high numbers over the past few decades. Blaming the Democrats doesn’t capture the profound role that conservative Christian activists have played in transforming the country’s religious landscape.

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Survey Reports

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.   

Daniel A. Cox, Karlyn Bowman, Jacqueline Clemence
November 18, 2020

Hopes and challenges for community and civic life: Perspectives from the nation and Indiana

The coronavirus outbreak has created tensions between urban Americans hit harder by the virus and small towns and rural communities. Despite these disparities, recently released surveys find that before coronavirus, Americans express many of the same ideas and priorities regarding their communities, revealing we may not be as divided as one might think.