The Human Rights Campaign together with Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research released a poll this week that shows overall there is an increasing acceptance for LGBTs in America and that, even in the Midwest and South where legal progress has been slower, public support is rising.
Today HRC also released a nationwide poll that found Americans widely support LGBT equality issues but more work remains to be done particularly in the South and Midwest where support lags other regions. The poll shows support for equal marriage at 51 percent (43 percent in the Midwest and South), in line with other national polls on the issue. Support for non-discrimination protections for LGBT people in employment, housing and public accommodations is strong nationally at 79 percent, as is support for protections against bullying in schools at 73 percent. Respondents also overwhelmingly say anti-gay discrimination is a problem (79 percent) and anti-transgender discrimination is a problem (74 percent).
Aside from policy questions, 57 percent of respondents say they would not be bothered if their child or grandchild was gay. Seventy-seven percent of men say they could be close friends with a gay man and 81 percent of women say they could be close friends with a lesbian. Overall, 64 percent say they could be close friends with someone who is transgender. Relating to the current debate over so-called “pray the gay away therapies,” only 24 percent of people think gay people can be made straight through psychotherapy or prayer.
“The poll shows Americans believe in fairness but also that we have a long way to go in realizing that goal,” said Solmonese.