WASHINGTON — On Wednesday, February 26, at 10:00 a.m. EST, PRRI CEO Robert P. Jones and a panel of leading researchers will discuss a major new survey exploring a decade of change in American attitudes on LGBT-related issues and the impact of religion and culture on those attitudes. The survey, conducted by Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI), will be released amidst the backdrop of rising support for legal rights for LGBT Americans and prominent legal battles over same-sex marriage in Utah and Virginia that may land at the United States Supreme Court.
The survey explores how American attitudes on a range of LGBT issues have changed since 2003, when the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court declared gay and lesbian couples have the right to marry under the state’s constitution and when only 32 percent of Americans supported same-sex marriage. To date, same-sex marriage is now legal in 17 states plus the District of Columbia, and a majority of the public supports same-sex marriage.
PRRI’s National LGBT Survey is one of the largest surveys ever conducted on this issue. The results are based on interviews with 4,509 Americans, including a subsample of self-identified LGBT Americans, conducted between November 12 and December 18, 2013. The survey and accompanying report explore support for a range of policies related to LGBT rights, the role religion plays in attitudes toward LGBT people and policies, the role that church stances opposing same-sex marriage have played in religious disaffiliation among young people, attitudes about federal versus state policy solutions, and how support for policies and attitudes about HIV/AIDS differ depending on whether the context is the United States or developing countries.
Release of new PRRI national survey exploring a decade of change (2003-2013) in American attitudes on LGBT-related issues
Robert P. Jones, Ph.D., CEO, Public Religion Research Institute
Jennifer Kates, Ph.D., Vice President and Director of Global Health and HIV Policy, Kaiser Family Foundation
Clyde Wilcox, Ph.D., Professor of Government, Georgetown University
Jonathan Capehart, Opinion writer for the Washington Post and MSNBC Contributor
Wednesday February 26, 2014
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST
Barbara Jordan Conference Center
Kaiser Family Foundation
1330 G Street NW
Washington, DC 20005