1Center for American Progress | Polls Show Huge Public Support for Gay and Transgender Workplace Protections
Polls Show Huge Public Support for Gayand Transgender Workplace Protections
Americans Support a Federal Law Protecting Workersfrom Discrimination
Jeff Krehely May 2011
A new poll rom he Cener or American Progress shows ha he American publicsrongly suppors workplace nondiscriminaion proecions or gay and ransgenderpeople.* Tis suppor comes a a ime when new research shows jus how much dis-criminaion and harassmen his populaion aces on he job.Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research elded he poll o likely 2012 voers in he rsand second weeks o April 2011. Nearly hree-ourhs o voers (73 percen) supporproecing gay and ransgender people rom workplace discriminaion. Tis supporcus across poliical pary aliaion, wih 81 percen o Democras, 74 percen o inde-pendens, and 66 percen o Republicans supporing workplace nondiscriminaion lawsor gay and ransgender people.Caholic (74 percen suppor) and senior ciizen (61 percen suppor) voers arealso clearly in avor o employmen proecions or gay and ransgender people. Evenamong voers who ideniy hemselves as eeling generally unavorable oward gay people, a ull 50 percen suppor workplace nondiscriminaion proecions or he gay and ransgender populaion.Since a leas he early 1980s,a majoriy o Americanshave suppored equal righs andopporuniies or gay people in he workplace. Polling quesions abou ransgender workers have only been asked recenly. Bu he CAP poll shows ha voers supporransgender proecions a almos he same rae hey suppor gay proecions. Seveny-ve percen o likely voers say hey avor “proecing gay and lesbian people rom dis-criminaion in employmen,” while 73 percen say hey avor hese proecions or “gay,lesbian, and
people.” Te responses are essenially idenical.Te survey also ound ha 9 o ou 10 voers erroneously hink ha a ederal law is already in place proecing gay and ransgender people rom workplace discriminaion. A similar
* In this column, the term gay is used as an umbrella term for people who identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual.