National poll data released by the Human Rights Campaign last week demonstrates a strong level of support for protecting LGBTs from employment discrimination. The poll found, however, that most people already think that LGBTs have federal workplace protections, which is not true.
Pollsters Greenberg Quinlan Rosner surveyed 800 likely voters between November 9 and 13. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 3.46 percentage points.
The poll found that 77% of voters support employment protections for LGBTs. This support goes beyond party lines, with 70% of self-identifying Republicans and 67% of those identifying as conservative supporting anti-discrimination laws.
Another pleasing finding is that several groups who have traditionally shown lower levels of support for LGBT rights polled in favor, and by strong margins.
Around 69% senior citizens support employment protections, while 68% of those with a high-school-degree-or-less level of education registered their support.
Also of note is that 72% of respondents in the Deep South said they support workplace protections for LGBTs.
And, continuing in the same trend, 77% of observant Christians and 74% of born-again Christians said they support giving LGBTs work place protections.
In short, public support for non discrimination laws protecting LGBTs spans demographics, including a majority of Democrats, Republicans, Independents, Catholics, Protestants, ages and races.
However, the poll shows that there is clearly a need for better education on this issue because most voters believe that LGBT-inclusive anti-discrimination laws already exist, with 87% of voters believing it is already illegal under federal law to fire someone for being gay or lesbian.
“We are at a cultural tipping point in the fight for LGBT equality,” said HRC President Joe Solmonese in a statement. ”Support for employment protections for LGBT workers is tipping the scale even further toward fairness for all people. What is most promising is that people of all political, religious, and ideological persuasions clearly support non-discrimination laws protecting LGBT people.”
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