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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

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 Amercians , 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

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.

Daniel A. Cox
November 24, 2020

Could social alienation among some Trump supporters help explain why polls underestimated Trump again?

There was a large swing to Trump among white voters who had low levels of social trust — a group that researchers have found is also less likely to participate in telephone surveys.

Daniel A. Cox
November 19, 2020

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

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.

Daniel A. Cox, Brent Orrell
October 26, 2020

What’s going on with Republican women?

It is easy to discount QAnon—but the reality is it is quickly emerging from the shadows into a full-blown political movement that periodically receives the passive, and at times, active support of the president of the United States.