New National Poll Shows Huge Support for Discrimination Protections

A new national poll from the Public Religion Research Institute shows that an overwhelming majority — 69% — of Americans support non-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans that would protect against discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations. 

Across lines of party affiliation and religion, strong majorities agree that no one should be fired from their job or kicked out of their house for their sexual orientation or gender identity. 

The poll found that, across the US:

  • 76% percent of Democrats,
  • 68% of political independents
  • 65% of Republicans favor such laws

There is also a consensus among various faith traditions and ethnicities, with 59% percent of non-white Protestants, 60% of white evangelical Protestants, 67% of white mainline Protestants, and 71% of Catholics supporting laws that would bar discrimination against LGBT people.

The poll also shows that 60% of Americans oppose allowing businesses to refuse service to LGBT people, as has been proposed in so-called “Religious Freedom” laws in states including Indiana and Arizona. 

A 2013 Florida poll found support for a non-discrimination measure at a similarly strong 63% here in the Sunshine State.

You can read the full results of the poll, which asks questions about other issues facing LGBT Americans, here.