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

November 19, 2020 Daniel A. Cox

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.


The 2020 election was not primarily about Trump as a person

November 9, 2020 Samuel J. Abrams

Biden will have the challenge of finding common ground with all Americans, but Biden already took the right steps when he declared in his acceptance speech that “It’s time to put away the harsh rhetoric, lower the temperature, see each other again, listen to each other again.”


Socially distant: How our divided social networks explain our politics

October 2, 2020 Jacqueline Clemence

In the midst of a heated presidential election, health pandemic, and social unrest, it is important to understand how those around us shape our thinking and influence our behavior.


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.


Many white Americans are ready to reopen the economy. Black Americans aren’t.

June 16, 2020 Daniel A. Cox, Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux

Not all Americans are anxious for businesses to reopen. In fact, there is a fairly stark divide among white, black and Hispanic Americans on the subject.


Does Biden have a problem with African American voters?

May 28, 2020 Daniel A. Cox, Robert Griffin

Data suggests Biden may be underperforming with black voters when compared with recent Democratic presidential candidates. If that is happening, it may be because younger black Americans don’t support him as strongly as their elders.


Religious Americans agree on limiting in-person services, split on returning to worship as usual

May 22, 2020 Daniel A. Cox, Robert Griffin

Majorities of Americans remain concerned about COVID-19, and it’s unclear what in-person religious services will look like.


Millennials are leaving religion and not coming back

December 12, 2019 Daniel A. Cox, Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux

Millennials are more likely to say they they have no religion as they are to identify as Christian, as evidence mounts that today’s younger generations may be leaving religion for good.


Joe Biden has a serious college-voter problem

October 8, 2019 Daniel A. Cox

The former vice president has faced challenges shoring up support among a key Democratic constituency: college students.


Could Trump drive young white Evangelicals away from the GOP?

August 20, 2019 Daniel A. Cox

Trump has found young white Evangelicals harder to win over. For many older white Evangelicals, Trump’s vigorous public defense of conservative Christians remains the most compelling reason to support his reelection.


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.