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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Religious diversity and change in American social networks: How our social connections shape religious beliefs and behavior

December 15, 2020 Daniel A. Cox

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.

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The 2020 religion vote

November 6, 2020 Daniel A. Cox

Religious voters lined up behind their preferred candidates in familiar ways in the 2020 presidential election, but there were some notable shifts.

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More and more Americans aren’t religious. Why are Democrats ignoring these voters?

September 17, 2020 Daniel A. Cox, Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux

Often lost in this, though, is the fact that Democrats are mostly ignoring a massive group of voters who are becoming an increasingly crucial part of their base: people who don’t have any religion at all.

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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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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.

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Fear, frustration, and faith: Americans respond to the coronavirus outbreak

April 2, 2020 Daniel A. Cox, Jacqueline Clemence, Karlyn Bowman

The March 2020 American Perspectives Survey found that young people were most likely to say they have hoarded supplies and a large partisan divide in opinions on how the federal government and Donald Trump have handled coronavirus.

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Younger Christians care less about their partner’s religious beliefs

February 13, 2020 Daniel A. Cox

Younger Christians are much more comfortable than older Christians with the idea of dating someone who does not share their views about God.

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Hidden identity: When Americans decide to keep their religious background to themselves

January 7, 2020 Daniel A. Cox

For many Americans, religion is a fundamental part of who they are. But for many other Americans sharing religious beliefs with others is not as easy.

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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.

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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.