On Tuesday, April 30, the LBJ School, along with the Pride Policy Alliance and PRRI, the Public Religion Research Institute, hosted another installment of its new Civic Engagement Series: “Fifty Years After Stonewall: LGBT Rights and Policy.” Dr. Victoria DeFrancesco Soto, the LBJ School’s director of civic engagement, moderated a panel that included Robert P. Jones, Ph.D., founding CEO of PRRI; Emma Platoff of The Texas Tribune; and David Edmonson of TechNet.
The panel discussed what the changes in religious, racial, and ethnic demographics of Texas tell us about the future of the state’s politics and policy priorities.
Afterward, Jones joined LBJ School Dean Angela Evans to talk about LGBT rights and public policy on the LBJ podcast, "Policy on Purpose."
WATCH: Robert Jones on how religion can shape American values, and what that means for the 2020 elections.
Dr. Jones also presented an overview of PRRI’s recent research report, which shows Americans’ increasing support of LGBTQ issues over the last 10 years.
Over the last decade, Texas demographics have shifted from 45% white + Christian to 35% white + Christian. Ten years ago only 12% proclaimed no religious affiliation compared to 22% today. Texas is becoming much more diverse. - @PRRIpoll pic.twitter.com/zpWJAaD1Yz— The LBJ School (@TheLBJSchool) April 30, 2019
Join me & @PRRIpoll at the @TheLBJSchool on 4/30 as we discuss the state of LGBT rights & public policy. I'll focus on the tech sector's commitment to diversity and inclusion + our engagement at #txlege. RSVP:https://t.co/iBq039swbL— David Edmonson (@dedmo) April 22, 2019
(2/5) "We have this period of lag and it's mostly because white evangelicals in particular turnout to vote at higher rates than other Americans do."— PRRI (@PRRIpoll) April 30, 2019
(3/5) "A the ballot box, we tend to be about 2 presidential election cycles or 8 years behind in terms of demographic composition of voters and where we are as a country already."— PRRI (@PRRIpoll) April 30, 2019
(4/5) "One way of thinking about it is the 2020 election is going to be comprised of people at the ballot [box] that look like 2012 America."— PRRI (@PRRIpoll) April 30, 2019
(5/5) "The [religiously] unaffiliated are a quarter of the country but only 12% of voters. White evangelicals are 15% of country and they're 26% of voters."— PRRI (@PRRIpoll) April 30, 2019
LBJ alumnus joins today’s Civic Engagement series event. He applauded the progress he’s seen, saying that forty years ago this event would not have happened. pic.twitter.com/VSGQPYgIly— The LBJ School (@TheLBJSchool) April 30, 2019