Survey Finds Broad Support for LGBT Non-Discrimination Protections

Survey Finds Broad Support for LGBT Non-Discrimination Protections

Majorities of Americans across nearly all demographic groups and geographic locations support laws protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, a survey conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute finds. 

The survey, PRRI 2018 American Values Atlas, found that 69 percent of respondents nationwide favored (34 percent) or strongly favored (35 percent) laws that would protect LGBT people from discrimination in the job market, public accommodations, and housing. Younger respondents were more likely than older respondents to support LGBT non-discrimination protections, with 76 percent of those between the ages of 18 and 29 saying they favored or strongly favored such laws, compared with 59 percent of those age 65 and older who did. At the state level, support ranged from 56 percent in Arkansas to 81 percent in New Hampshire. 

Funded by an anonymous donor, with additional support from the Nathan Cummings Foundation, the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, the Gill Foundation, and the United Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock, the survey also found that majorities of Democrats (79 percent), Independents (70 percent), and Republicans (56 percent), as well as majorities self-identifying as liberal (81 percent), moderate (76 percent), and conservative (55 percent) said they favored non-discrimination protections for LGBT people. The report notes that self-identified moderate Republicans (69 percent) were more likely than self-identified liberal Republicans (59 percent) or conservative Republicans (53 percent) to favor laws protecting LGBT people from discrimination.

In addition, majorities of all religious groups expressed support for such protections, including those who identify with New Age religions (86 percent), Jews (80 percent), Hindus (79 percent), religiously unaffiliated Americans (78 percent), Buddhists (75 percent), Mormons (70 percent), Hispanic Catholics (72 percent), white mainline Protestants (71 percent), white Catholics (71 percent), other non-white Catholics (68 percent), African-American Protestants (65 percent), other non-white Protestants (61 percent), Muslims (60 percent), Hispanic Protestants (60 percent), Orthodox Christians (59 percent), white evangelical Protestants (54 percent), Jehovah’s Witnesses (53 percent), and those who identify with other religions (67 percent).

"Americans Show Broad Support for LGBT Nondiscrimination Protections." Public Religion Research Institute Report 03/12/2019.