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Most Voters Believe Anti-LGBT Discrimination Is Already Illegal

Most Voters Believe Anti-LGBT Discrimination Is Already Illegal


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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11:07AM PST on Dec 18, 2011

That should be true. Raising awareness that this isn't the case should become a priority. There are still too many people being discriminated against by bigoted idiots. Happy to sign the petition.

8:46PM PST on Dec 15, 2011

I wish that were true.

12:40PM PST on Dec 15, 2011

So sad (or is it so great?) that the people are actually ahead of the government.

8:51AM PST on Dec 15, 2011

Amazing isn't it? The same thing happened during the nongreat DOMA nonsense. The troops were polled and most of them didn't understand, far as they knew, it was repealed.

7:25AM PST on Dec 15, 2011

Federal anti-discrimination laws already include discrimination for sex..perhaps we need to define SEX, as Male, Female, Sexual Orientation and Transgender...never thought we would have to.

6:41AM PST on Dec 15, 2011


6:14AM PST on Dec 15, 2011

Thanks for this posting! I signed the accompaning petition and agree that perceptions are changing but we need to continue work to keep people informed about the realities of discrimination in the workplace!

3:46AM PST on Dec 15, 2011

Pseudo K, no the discrimination has already singled them out.

11:58PM PST on Dec 14, 2011

The problem is that if you put separate protections in for the LGBT then you kinda single them out as different. However it is necessary to gain steps for equality. The government will have to do it eventually.

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8:50PM PST on Dec 14, 2011

I am a supporter for employment protections for LGBT indiviuals. My main concerns when working with someone are 1) reliability, will they be there on time and stay until the end of the shift?
2) are they reliable when on the job to do the job safely, correctly and in a timely manner? 3) do they treat fellow employees with respect -- no matter the job status? Not my concern 1) who this person goes home to 2) What this person does in off business hours. And,This goes for straight people and LGBT people, keep your outside work affairs just that --OUTSIDE. Do the job, treat everyone well and go home at the end of the day knowing you are a good person!

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