A majority of Americans across every state and almost every demographic support LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections, according to a poll released Tuesday by the nonprofit research firm Public Religion Research Institute. One pronounced decline was among Republicans — there was a 5 percentage point drop in support. In , 61 percent of Republicans supported LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections, while in , that support fell to 56 percent. One demographic slice with comparatively low support and strong opposition is that of Republicans, 65 and older — just 48 percent support LGBTQ protections, while 42 percent oppose them. The poll found that 47 percent of white evangelical Republicans support LGBTQ protections, compared to 58 percent of white evangelical independents and 71 percent of white evangelical Democrats.
Section 2: Knowing Gays and Lesbians, Religious Conflicts, Beliefs about Homosexuality
Religious Conservatives Are Planning A Compromise LGBT Bill In Congress
Throughout the s and 90s, the Christian right poured money and muscle into promoting the message that homosexuality was a curable disorder. It advocated conversion therapy, which promised to turn gay men and women straight. But last week, when President Obama announced his support for a national ban on such therapies, few voices on the Christian right spoke up in protest. The announcement confirmed the evaporation of support for these approaches among the communities that once embraced them.
Gay conversion therapy: Hundreds of religious leaders call for ban
Overall, 53 percent of Americans now support gay marriage, according to the new survey. There is also growing support among adherents of every religion included in the report. February 26, Public support for gay marriage may have reached a tipping point, even among religious Americans, who have been traditionally opposed to the idea.
As support for same-sex marriage has increased, other attitudes about homosexuality have changed as well. These opinions represent a shift over the past decade, even if in some cases the short-term changes have been modest. That is little changed since , but much higher than in the early s. Slightly more people now say they know a lot of gays or lesbians than did so two years ago. While large majorities of almost all demographic and partisan groups say they know someone who is gay or lesbian, there are differences in both the number of gay and lesbian acquaintances people have and in whether people say they have close family members or friends who are gay.