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Daniel Cox is the Research Director of Public Religion Research Institute. Prior to joining PRRI, he served as Research Associate at the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, where he worked on the core research team for dozens of polls, including the groundbreaking Religious Landscape Survey, one of the largest public opinion surveys on religion ever conducted. Dan specializes in youth politics and religion, and his work has appeared in numerous national news and religious publications including the New York Times, ABC News, CNN, Newsweek, World Magazine, and others.

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A New Generation Confronts the Culture War and Shrugs

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 7:02 PM

Late last week, the Supreme Court made headlines for a second time when it issued an order allowing Wheaton College, an evangelical Christian school in Illinois, to refuse to cover emergency contraception without filing the form normally required for institutions claiming religious objections. Just a few days earlier, the Supreme...

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On Immigration, the Tea Party Remains an Important Outlier

(1) Comments | Posted June 12, 2014 | 1:25 PM

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's startling upset at the hands of college professor Dave Brat, a political novice, has sent shockwaves through the political world, and set off a round of speculation about the causes of the unprecedented result. Few people were more surprised by last night's outcome than the...

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Is Soccer Destined to Become America's National Pastime?

(9) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 4:31 PM

With more than 111 million viewers tuning in to watch the Super Bowl this year, the idea that soccer could compete for the honor of America's most popular sport seems preposterous on its face. But, before ruling out the possibility, let's take a closer look at the facts.

First, Major...

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Born and Raised: More Americans Are Being Raised Without Religion and Choosing to Stay that Way

(250) Comments | Posted July 31, 2013 | 3:25 PM

With roughly three-in-ten (31 percent) Millennials now identifying as religiously unaffiliated the debate over why this generation is abandoning religion at an unprecedented rate has mostly centered around two explanations: Millennials are leaving because they do not like churches, but will eventually return as the churches change or as they...

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Being Different and Being Proud to Be American

(1) Comments | Posted July 3, 2013 | 11:00 AM

As Americans prepare to celebrate the nation's 237th birthday this July 4th, the overwhelming majority of Americans report being proud of their national identity and heritage. More than 8 in 10 say they feel very (31 percent) or extremely (51 percent) proud to be American, and nearly two-thirds...

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Federalists of Convenience? How Changing Attitudes on Same-sex Marriage are Affecting Supporters and Opponents

(4) Comments | Posted June 20, 2013 | 2:16 PM

In 2006, the public opinion landscape on the issue of same-sex marriage looked very different than it does today. Two years earlier, the 2004 election witnessed the passage of a raft of new constitutional amendments that prohibited the practice. Opponents of same-sex marriage substantially outnumbered supporters. Public opposition to same-sex...

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What Americans Really Think About Affirmative Action

(18) Comments | Posted June 14, 2013 | 1:22 PM

In anticipation of the upcoming Supreme Court ruling on affirmative action in college admissions, a number of polling organizations, including PRRI, have taken the pulse of the American public on this issue. With several different approaches on hand, it's a good time to step back and review what the data...

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Is Atheism Only for the Upper Class? Socioeconomic Differences Among the Religiously Unaffiliated

(194) Comments | Posted April 24, 2013 | 10:22 AM

The religiously unaffiliated are an increasingly important part of the American religious and cultural landscape. They account for nearly 1-in-5 American adults, and although they turn out to vote at lower rates than other religious groups, they are having a profound effect on American electoral politics, accounting for one-quarter of...

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Clash of Cultures: White Evangelical Protestants, Millennials, and the Future of the GOP

(41) Comments | Posted March 25, 2013 | 6:04 PM

After the 2012 election, political commentators from inside and outside the Republican Party devoted considerable time dissecting the various challenges--shifting demographic landscape, an identity crisis, branding problems--that seem to have beset the Grand Old Party. (Some have gone so far as to suggest exchanging the "Old" in GOP for...

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