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Events
Is America entering a new secular age?
Is America entering a new secular age?
Rapid growth of secular identities and beliefs in America is transforming the religious and political landscape. Join us to explore what this means for the future of American religion and politics.
The politics of Islamophobia
The politics of Islamophobia
Anti-Muslim attitudes and policies have had a prominent role in American politics in recent years. Nazita Lajevardi’s book “Outsiders at Home: The Politics of American Islamophobia” assesses Islamophobia manifestation and its consequences for Muslim Americans. Join us for a discussion on the policy and public opinion implications.
Donald Trump and the future of the GOP
Donald Trump and the future of the GOP
Just how strong is Donald Trump’s brand, and what does it mean for the Republican Party going forward? A new online survey of 1,000 people who said they voted for Trump in the 2020 election provides some answers.
Socially distant: How our divided social networks explain our politics
Socially distant: How our divided social networks explain our politics
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.

Appearances

Belief systems: Evangelicals and conspiracy theories | IN 60 SECONDS

Although conspiracy theories have been around for decades, Donald Trump’s presidency saw an overwhelming rise in this phenomenon, particularly among his White Evangelical Protestant supporters. But how did this denomination become such a hotbed for misinformation? AEI’s Daniel A. Cox explains.

Press Play with Madeline Brand: 4 in 10 Republicans support the use of violence if leaders can’t ‘protect America,’ says survey

Based on an online poll of about 2000 Americans, nearly 100% of Democrats surveyed say Biden is the legitimate winner of the 2020 election, but nearly 70% of Republicans surveyed felt otherwise. 

Dating in the Trump era: How politics is changing romance | IN 60 SECONDS

Partisan politics of the Trump era have become a part of daily life, often serving as a point of contention in basic social interactions — and new survey results show that it’s affecting our dating lives as well. AEI’s Jacqueline Clemence explains.

Millennials are leaving religion and not coming back | IN 60 SECONDS

Millennials have earned a reputation for reshaping industries and institutions, but they’ve had a dramatic impact on American religious life. Though once a staple of American family life, regular religious participation is far less common among this generation and many have left religion for good. AEI’s Daniel A. Cox examines this massive societal shift.

Young, white evangelicals vs. Donald Trump | In 60 Seconds

Evangelical Christians make up a critical part of President Trump’s base, but could that change with the younger generation? AEI’s Daniel A. Cox looks at recent data to assess the generational divide.

Has the LGBT rights movement become a victim of its own success? | In 60 Seconds

While most Americans believe that the lives of gay Americans are improving, AEI’s Daniel Cox finds that the data state otherwise.

Trump: What do white evangelicals think? | Viewpoint

AEI’s Daniel A. Cox sits down with Joanna Piacenza, features editor at Morning Consult, to discuss the politics of white evangelical Protestants and how President Trump measures up.

Belief in God: Declining faith in modern America | In 60 Seconds

A belief in God is among the most common religious beliefs held by Americans. However, perspectives on God are incredibly varied, and research shows that disbelief in God’s existence is far more prevalent in this country than typically thought, particularly among younger generations.

Mormon exceptionalism | In 60 Seconds

In an era marked by religious decline, Mormons have held their own particularly well. AEI’s Daniel A. Cox breaks down the factors that have kept the Mormon population alive and well for so long.

Recent Commentary

A group adults sit in a backyard while one of them barbeques.

Samuel J. Abrams
June 8, 2021

Suburbs are not less social than cities

Many believe there are meaningful differences in sociability based on where Americans reside. New data from AEI’s Survey Center on American Life counters this narrative and finds little difference in the social lives of urbanites, suburbanites, and their rural counterparts.  

Daniel A. Cox
May 5, 2021

Biden’s push for big government solutions is popular now — but it could backfire

In the wake of a once-in-a-generation pandemic that has required sustained national intervention and leadership, Americans may be coming around to the benefits of big government.

Daniel A. Cox
March 26, 2021

Support for political violence among Americans is on the rise. It’s a grim warning about America’s political future.

In the wake of the Capitol uprising, we have been forced to reckon with the uncomfortable truth that political violence is no longer a theoretical concern.

Daniel A. Cox
December 22, 2020

Democrats and Republicans should argue more — not less

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.