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Robert Griffin

Research Director

Democracy Fund Voter Study Group

Robert Griffin is the Research Director, and a participating author, for the Democracy Fund Voter Study Group. He is the co-author and lead data analyst for the “States of Change” project — a collaboration between the Center for American Progress, demographer William Frey of the Brookings Institution, and the Bipartisan Policy Center. He also serves on the editorial committee of PS: Political Science and Politics, the journal of record for the American Political Science Association.

Before joining the Voter Study Group, Robert was the Associate Director of Research at the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI), focusing on demographic change and American political behavior. He also served as a Director of Quantitative Analysis at the Center for American Progress. Robert has taught courses on research methodology, statistics, public opinion, and political advocacy for The George Washington University, Pennsylvania State University, and Loyola University Chicago. He received his Ph.D. in political science and research methodology from The George Washington University.

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Racing Apart

Attitudes on racial inequality, police, the Black Lives Matter movement, immigration, and Muslims shifted significantly between 2011 and 2020 — but mostly among Democrats and independents. During this period, the Democratic coalition has become more consistently liberal on racial issues. This Voter Study Group report examines a vast partisan divergence on race over a decade marked by identity-inflected politics and the push for racial justice.

Crisis of Confidence

While it’s not unusual for a losing candidate’s supporters to express skepticism about election results, faith in election 2020 was much more polarized than in prior years. In this report, Robert Griffin and Mayesha Quasem detail key 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.

Degrees of Change

Parrish Bergquist and Robert Griffin examine how Americans' views on global warming have changed in recent years, and analyze the shifts in perception by political party and age.


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