New Gallup Poll Finds Majority in US Think Gays Are Born That Way

Written by scott on May 22nd, 2015

titleA new Gallup poll shows that 51% of Americans now think gays are born gay.

The Advocate reports:

Affirming what most LGBT people already believe, the results of a new Gallup poll, published yesterday, indicate that a majority of Americans now believe that gay and lesbian people are “born, not made.” In the poll, over 51 percent of those surveyed said they think same-sex orientation is a matter of birth versus “something that is determined by their upbringing or environment,” writes Gallup’s Jeffrey M. Jones in an article on the results. As he points out, this is the first time that a majority of Americans have expressed this belief.

The same poll also showed that Americans continue to overestimate the size of the LGBT community.

Joe.My.God reports:

The American public estimates on average that 23% of Americans are gay or lesbian, little changed from Americans’ 25% estimate in 2011, and only slightly higher than separate 2002 estimates of the gay and lesbian population. These estimates are many times higher than the 3.8% of the adult population who identified themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender in Gallup Daily tracking in the first four months of this year.

So… progress?

 

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