Two out of every three Americans admit that anti-gay discrimination is a “serious problem” in this country, and nine out of ten LGBT adults agree. A new Gallup/USA Today poll also finds that almost half of all Americans believe it is difficult for LGBT people to live openly in their community, while almost the same number of LGBT adults agree. A related Gallup poll yesterday found three out of four Americans under 30 — or a huge 73 percent — support same-sex marriage equality, as do approximately 50 percent of those between the ages of 30 and 64. Overall, Gallup found 53 percent of Americans support same-sex marriage.
Of course, being America, the breakdown by party affiliation is dramatically different.
Almost half of all Republicans admit that discrimination against gays and lesbians is a “very” or “somewhat serious” problem in the United States, Gallup finds.
Democrats, understandably, align with the LGBT community’s perception on this issue, with 81 percent of Democrats and 88 percent of LGBT adults acknowledging that discrimination against gays and lesbians is a “very” or “somewhat serious” problem in the United States.
“A slim majority of Americans, 51%, say the public will eventually agree on gay rights issues in the future; but nearly as many, 45%, believe these issues ‘will always divide Americans’,” Gallup offers as the good news:
LGBT adults are much more optimistic than Americans as a whole about an emerging consensus, with 77% believing Americans will agree on gay rights issues in the future and 21% believing the public will always be divided.
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