John M. Becker

New Polls Show Majority Support for Marriage, Legal Protections

Filed By John M. Becker | April 19, 2015 6:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living, Marriage Equality
Tags: anti-discrimination laws, discrimination protection, gay marriage, marriage equality, polls, same-sex marriage, sexual orientation

survey.jpgA pair of new polls show that a majority of Americans support equal marriage rights for same-sex couples (and believe there's "no turning back" on the issue) and believe that the law should protect against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

USA Today reports on the marriage poll:

In a nationwide USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll, those surveyed say by 51%-35% that it's no longer practical for the Supreme Court to ban same-sex marriages because so many states have legalized them. One reason for a transformation in public views on the issue: Close to half say they have a gay or lesbian family member or close friend who is married to someone of the same sex...

In the survey, a majority, 51%-35%, favor allowing gay men and lesbians to marry, and those who support the idea feel more strongly about it than those who oppose it: 28% "strongly favor" same-sex marriage, 18% "strongly oppose" it. Fourteen percent are undecided...

The poll of 1,000 people, taken by landline and cellphone April 8-13, has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

And Bloomberg has the scoop on sexual orientation protections:

NNearly three quarters of Americans say sexual orientation should be protected from discrimination the same way race is, according to a new Bloomberg Politics poll...

"Gay people and people of color are going through the same fight to be accepted," said Brandi Jackson, a 31-year-old nursing assistant from Baltimore who is African-American and participated in the poll. "It doesn't matter your race, your orientation. Everybody should be treated fairly."

Eighteen percent said sexual orientation should not be protected the same way race is, and eight percent said they were not sure. The poll of 1,008 adults was conducted April 6-8 by the West Des Moines, Iowa-based Selzer & Co. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

Bloomberg does not appear to have included any questions in this poll about protections for gender identity.


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