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

Friday, 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?

USA: New Gallup Poll Shows Continued Majority Support for Marriage Equality

Monday, May 13th, 2013

titleA Gallup poll shows support for gay marriage at or above 50% for the third time. The Advocate reports:

For the third consecutive time, a public opinion poll by Gallup found support for same-sex marriage over the 50% threshold. The latest study, conducted in the first week of May, found that 53% of 1,535 respondents believe same-sex marriage should be legal nationwide, with 45% stating the opposite. Those numbers tied Gallup’s poll in May 2011, while a poll in November 2012 found 50% supported marriage equality and 48% reported opposition.

The Gallup website has more details:

Nearly all U.S. subgroups are more likely to favor gay marriage now than in the past. Politically, Democrats, independents, and liberals all show increasing support for gay marriage over time, with each well above the majority level now. Republicans, conservatives, and moderates are more likely to favor gay marriage now than in 1996, but the increase in support among these groups may have stalled. Thus, most of the increase in the percentage favoring legal gay marriage in the last three years has come among left-leaning groups politically.

Queerty has another interesting note about the survey:

But where the Gallup poll contributes some real insight is how those asked think the rest of the country feels about marriage equality. By a whopping 63%, the respondents think that most Americans oppose marriage equality. In other words, the majority thinks it’s the minority and doesn’t know otherwise. What accounts for the disconnect? As much as it might dismay pollsters, most Americans don’t spend their days lovingly reviewing public opinion surveys. The real question, though, is how tentative are people in expressing their beliefs if they think most people are against them. Could there be a drag on the momentum for marriage equality if the public think it’s still something only about a third of Americans support?


USA: New Gallup Poll Shows 53% Support Marriage Equality

Monday, April 16th, 2012

Back in October of 2010, a politician, who doesn’t support marriage equality, said to me: “The one thing I will say today is I think it’s pretty clear where the trendlines are going.” Seems like that trendline gets clearer and clearer every day.

Check out this new image from Gallup:

Gallup Marriage Equality Poll

That’s a trendline moving in the right direction.

Here are some of the key findings from this latest Gallup poll:
For the first time in Gallup’s tracking of the issue, a majority of Americans (53%) believe same-sex marriage should be recognized by the law as valid, with the same rights as traditional marriages. The increase since last year came exclusively among political independents and Democrats. Republicans’ views did not change.

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