Americans View Gay People More Favorably Than Evangelical Christians: Poll

source:   The new civil rights movement

A new poll released yesterday finds that Americans now view gay people more favorably than they view Evangelical Christians. The poll, commissioned by the Human Rights Campaign of 1000 likely 2016 voters, found 53 percent of Americans view gay people favorably, while only 42 percent of Americans view Evangelical Christians favorably. Just 18 percent of Americans, according to the poll, view gays unfavorably, while 28 percent view Evangelical Christians unfavorably.

Of note, also, is the poll finds the arguments being made by the anti-gay right and so-called pro-family groups aren’t working.

The poll finds Americans do not believe “legal recognition for gay marriages amounts to a social revolution within our culture and a decline in how we define families.” Only 36 percent agreed with that statement, while 60 percent believe “our society has become gradually more accepting of non- traditional families. Legally recognizing gay marriages is simply a sign of this gradual change.”

58 percent of Americans believe “children raised by same-sex couples do as well in terms of education, emotional stability and long term outcomes as children raised by a mother and a father.” Only 27 percent of those polled do not.

52 percent of Americans believe “allowing gay marriage helps children by giving the children of same-sex couples the same legal rights and sense of family as other families in their community,” while 41 percent believe that “allowing gay marriage hurts children by encouraging same-sex couples to have children; boys need fathers and girls need mothers.”

And regardless of their position on same-sex marriage, almost eight out of 10 Americans believe that if in the next ten years same-sex marriage becomes legal in all 50 states, there will be less prejudice against gay people. Three-fourths of Americans believe it will be easier to grow up gay.

Overall, 62 percent of Americans believe it “is inevitable that gay marriages will be legally recognized by the Supreme Court.”

The poll was conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research. A presentation of the poll, though not the actual data, is available on the GQR site.

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