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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

Daniel A. Cox, Brent Orrell
July 25, 2021

We asked hundreds of unemployed Americans what’s keeping them out of work — it’s not unemployment benefits

The Survey Center for American Life’s new survey shows a difference in needs between the pandemic unemployed and the chronically unemployed. Continue reading on Insider

Just-married couple gets off a party bus while bridal party celebrates them

Daniel A. Cox
July 20, 2021

Can married men and women be friends? Marriage, friendship, and loneliness

The time we invest on our relationships, whether it is with a partner, spouse, or a friend, is likely the most important thing we can do to ensure a long, healthy, and fulfilling life.

Silhouette of a young man standing outside an apartment window

Daniel A. Cox
July 6, 2021

American men suffer a friendship recession

After a prolonged period of social isolation, Americans are dusting off their social calendars. But as Americans try to rebuild and reconnect, a new survey conducted by the Survey Center on American Life finds that the social landscape is far less favorable than it once was.

COVID-19 vaccination stickers sit in waiting during the Columbus Public Health drop-in clinic at Stonewall Columbus in the Short

Daniel A. Cox
June 29, 2021

Peer pressure, not politics, may matter most when it comes to getting the COVID-19 vaccine

Americans experience widely different levels of social pressure to get the COVID-19 vaccine. And for better or worse, our friends exercise considerable influence over the information we have and the decisions we make.