On October 8, PAA member Dr. William Frey, Brookings Institution and University of Michigan, presented a webinar, “America’s Rising Diversity and The Changing Demographics of Presidential Politics,” to staff at the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The webinar was attended by 242 GAO employees from the agency’s DC headquarters and five of the agency’s field offices. Using data from the Census Bureau, including the Current Population Survey and American Community Survey and other sources, Bill presented on the changing demographics of the U.S. voting age population. He used data to illustrate how the nation’s changing demography has influenced the outcome of recent presidential elections and delved into how voter turnout by age, education level, and race were factors in these recent elections as well. He also discussed what the nation’s increasing diversity could portend potentially for future elections.
The audience asked many questions on topics ranging from metrics, such as education, to how increased immigration and declining birth rates could affect the outcome of future elections. The event ran very smoothly with no technical problems nor any timing issues. Bill spoke for approximately 40 minutes and there were plenty of questions to take us to the end of the hour. View the slides.