04 John Sides

John Sides

Professor of Political Science

Vanderbilt University

John Sides is a professor of political science at Vanderbilt University. He studies public opinion and American elections. He is the author or co-author of a forthcoming book about the 2016 election, "Identity Crisis"; a book about the 2012 election, "The Gamble"; a textbook on American campaigns and elections, and scholarly articles on campaign strategy and its effects, attitudes toward immigration, and other topics. He is a founder and the editor-in-chief of The Monkey Cage, a political science site that is part of The Washington Post. He has also written for The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, New York Daily News, Salon, Boston Review, and Bloomberg View. He received his B.A. from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Symptoms Vary

Relative to earlier outbreaks of the Ebola and Zika viruses, Americans are more concerned about COVID-19 and more dissatisfied with the government's response. Cindy Kam and John Sides analyze the latest Nationscape data to better understand the differences in public response, and how partisanship affects those differences.

Understanding Biden’s Steady Lead with Seniors

John Sides and Robert Griffin of Voter Study Group examine the presidential preferences of older voters before and after the coronavirus outbreak in this Monkey Cage piece for The Washington Post.

The Great Wide Open

John Sides and Robert Griffin analyze candidate favorability among today’s voters in light of past voting behaviors to understand the dynamics of election 2020.

In the Red

Robert Griffin and John Sides dispute claims that Americans experiencing economic hardship are President Trump’s base by using a detailed set of questions that measure “economic distress” rather than general views about the economy.

Muslims in America

John Sides and Dalia Mogahed analyze the wide gap between what most Americans say about Muslims living in the United States and how Muslim Americans see themselves.


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