U.S. Adults Estimate that One in Four Americans Is Gay

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Wowzers: In the latest Gallup poll, American adults, on average, estimate that 25% of their fellow Americans are gay! This is just simply too hard to believe, especially given that only a slim majority support gay marriage rights.

If Americans think that there are that many gays, how can they truly be against gay rights? That’s institutionalized discrimination against one in four citizens, which would make the withholding of gay rights the most egregious civil rights abuse in the history of the United States!

But we digress. Onto the numbers:

U.S. adults, on average, estimate that 25% of Americans are gay or lesbian. More specifically, over half of Americans (52%) estimate that at least one in five Americans are gay or lesbian, including 35% who estimate that more than one in four are. Thirty percent put the figure at less than 15%.

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Gallup did this poll back in 2002, and the average estimate was that one in five Americans were gay. Interestingly, twice as many people declined to give an estimate in 2002 than in 2011.

Of course, political leanings, age, education and socio-economic class were all indicators of just how high an estimate any particular respondent gave.

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  • I am somewhat confused by this story.. Why does it assume that all LGBTIQ people are necessarily in support of gay marriage rights? I for one, support the choice of all people to enter into a contract of marriage, but reading this story made me think of a couple friends who don’t necessarily support marriage equality. They don’t have to, but the quote “This is just simply too hard to believe, especially given that only a slim majority support gay marriage rights” makes me think that if you’re gay, you have to support gay marriage rights… I dunno, maybe I’m not seeing this from the right perspective, but if I’m not, does it mean I should be telling those friends who don’t support or advocate gay marriage that they should be?? 

  • Anonymous

    If you’re gay, why wouldn’t you want to get to choose whether to marry or not?  Why would you opt to receive less options?

  • Anonymous

    Yes, yes it does mean that. If they choose not to get married because they don’t like the institution that is one thing. But if they are not advocating for marriage equality or fighting against it, they are standing in the way of civil rights progress and equal treatment of all people.