Google Denies Report About Cutting Workplace Diversity
Nearly three-quarters of working Americans (74%) say their interactions with people of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds frequently occur at work. According to reports, Google has “significantly cut back internal programs designed to promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace,” eliminating positions for diverse candidates. This falls in line with what PRRI CEO and founder Robert P. Jones warned of in 2019. “Most Americans report their interactions with those different from themselves happens in the workplace. This means that corporate America is increasingly left to shoulder the task of fostering basic democratic values of pluralism. While many corporations are stepping up, their primary focus on the bottom line may not always be aligned with the goals of broader civic education,” Jones said. A Google spokesperson denied the report, and said they have scaled up their diversity.
When Going to the Movies Becomes a Risk
When PRRI polled Americans in March, 79% said they would be likely to avoid going to the movies as a result of the coronavirus. In the weeks since, many new film releases have gone online as theaters around the nation closed. Now, some states are allowing theaters to re-open, which Ann Hornaday of The Washington Post calls “a risk-reward calculation.” Hornaday wonders whether certain types of films will be best spent viewed at home. “Prudent safety measures and sound medical guidance will get me back into the theater, but unreservedly entering the world on screen will depend on what it’s always depended on: the movies themselves,” she writes.
William Galston: Trump Is Betting His Presidency on Reopening America
After hitting historic favorability highs for his presidency in March, President Donald Trump dropped to 43% national favorability in April, according to PRRI. William A. Galston, the Ezra K. Zilkha Chair in Governance Studies and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, recently analyzed where Trump’s numbers could go in the next six months. Galston notes that Trump is losing ground among senior citizens and white working class women — two groups heavily impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. “Trump is betting his presidency on the consequences of reopening America’s economy and society. If it goes well—if people can return to work and socialize in public places without triggering an upsurge in COVID-19 infections—his wavering supporters may well return to the fold,” Galston writes. “If it goes badly, they probably will not be the only members of his 2016 coalition to jump ship.”
LGBT Studies Course Coming to Some Maryland High Schools
Students in Montgomery County, Maryland will have the opportunity to broaden their knowledge in a new “LGBTQ+ Studies” course slated for next spring. School board member Patricia O’Neil praised the new curriculum and the community’s commitment to equality. “I feel like we’ve come so far in having an open conversation and for students to have the right to take this social studies elective in recognition of the times we live in,” O’Neill tells WTOP. Recent PRRI data shows that young people support nondiscrimination protections for LGBT Americans. Younger Democrats ages 18-29 (85%) and ages 30-49 (84%) favor LGBT nondiscrimination laws. Just under eight in ten (78%) young independents ages 18-29, and two-thirds (66%) of young Republicans ages 18-29 favor nondiscrimination protections.
SCOTUS Debates the Faithless Electors in the Electoral College
The U.S. Supreme Court held its final arguments of the term on Wednesday, spending two hours discussing what to do in the case of a “faithless elector.” A “faithless elector” describes when a state’s electoral college ignores the popular vote of their constituents. “The overwhelming majority of electors don’t attempt to break ranks, but faithless votes have been sprinkled throughout the nation’s history, starting with the first contested presidential election in 1796,” reports the Wall Street Journal. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg questioned the impact of ruling on something that rarely occurs. More than six in ten (65%) of the country believes that presidential elections should be decided by popular vote while about one-third (32%) prefer the electoral college, according to PRRI data. A ruling is expected this summer.