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Gallup: 63% Of Americans Say Anti-Gay Discrimination 'Serious' Problem


Gallup recently asked Americans to weigh in on discrimination against gays and lesbians and a majority, 63%, describe such bias as a "serious" or "very serious" problem. Even more LGBT Americans, those who directly encounter prejudice in its various forms, agreed: 88%.

Interestingly, the same poll shows that people find their particular communities to be more accepting than the nation as a whole:

Americans overall and LGBT Americans have similar views on how challenging it is for gay or lesbian adults to live openly in their community. In this respect, both Americans and LGBT adults are generally positive, with a majority of each group saying it is "not too difficult" or "not at all difficult" to live as openly gay or lesbian. Still, about 40% of each group believes it is difficult to do so where they live.

The generally more negative views about gay and lesbian discrimination nationwide versus the more positive views about the difficulty of living as openly gay or lesbian in one's local community could reflect Americans' tendency to see conditions in the United States as a whole as worse than those in the area where they live.

Meanwhile, the poll shows that 51% of Americans believe the nation will reach a consensus on marriage equality, while 45% say otherwise. And opinion on that matter is clearly correlated with political affiliation: "Specifically, 65% of Democrats think the country will reach agreement on gay rights issues in the future, while 33% disagree. In contrast, a majority of Republicans, 61%, believe the U.S. will continue to be divided on gay rights issues, with 34% expecting a consensus to emerge."

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  1. Not to be "that guy" but wouldn't the fact that the "LGBT adults" are a sub-set of the "All Americans" group, wouldn't adding the percentages to get the 63% number be incorrect?

    Posted by: Thatguy | Dec 6, 2012 7:58:30 PM

  2. I don't consider this poll amazing news. I mean, OK, 63% see anti-gay discrimination as a serious problem. But only a quarter of heterosexuals see it as a very serious problem. More gays see anti-gay discrimination as a serious problem than a very serious one. So for those who are in the somewhat serious camp, we have to see how far that somewhat goes.

    And the reason why these people may see anti-gay discrimination as serious but not very serious is they incorrectly believe their communities are entirely pro-gay. A lot of people are brainwashed to the reality so many of us face. They think the battle has been won. Also, as we see, Republicans pretty much still hate us. So, there are good things, but not so good things.

    Posted by: Francis | Dec 6, 2012 8:13:42 PM

  3. Let's just say (understatement) that Gallup's poll results are not exactly foolproof.

    Posted by: niles | Dec 6, 2012 8:14:56 PM

  4. Strike my last comment. My ability to do math and read charts seems to be broken today.

    Posted by: Thatguy | Dec 6, 2012 8:25:28 PM

  5. Francis, you're forgetting that according to the same poll, only 38% of gays think it's a very serious problem. This means 62% of gays in America don't think homophobia is a very serious problem.

    Posted by: wow | Dec 6, 2012 9:00:37 PM

  6. Let's remember that of all the dozens of polls on the recent US election Gallup came bottom for reliability.

    I think they have lost all credibility now.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Dec 7, 2012 12:25:34 AM

  7. i'd utterly love to know what blissful utopia those 38% of gays live in.

    i'd also like to suggest they volunteer at an LGBT Youth outreach centre. you know, get some perspective.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Dec 7, 2012 12:51:20 PM

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