New Poll Showcases Widespread Opposition to Anti-LGBT Laws, Support for Non-DiscriminationBy Adam Polaski • May 11, 2016 • 10:33 am
This week a new poll from CNN/ORC demonstrates the widespread national support for LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination protections.
The poll also pointed to the fact that a majority of Americans are opposed to anti-transgender laws like North Carolina’s HB2, which requires transgender people to use restrooms and facilities that correspond to the sex on their birth certificate, ignoring their gender identity. 57% of Americans reject anti-transgender laws like HB2, including 39% who strongly oppose such laws.
The poll also tracked some of the highest levels of support ever for comprehensive non-discrimination protections. 75% of respondents said they support non-discrimination protections in employment, housing, and public accommodations for transgender Americans. 80% said they support the same protections for gay and lesbian people, underlining that a supermajority of Americans understand that LGBT people – including transgender people – should be protected equally, and that no one should face discrimination because of who they are or who they love.
The significant results, however, also underscore the vital work that’s still needed in the fight to advance LGBT-inclusive protections. While 58% of respondents said that they have a close family member or friend who is gay or lesbian, just 14% said they had a loved one who is transgender. This familiarity gap demonstrates the need for widespread education about transgender lives, who transgender people are, and why state laws must protect transgender people from discrimination.