Fewer Republicans support laws protecting LGBTI people than before Trump became president, a new survey has found.
Across all demographics, geographical location, and party lines, the majority of Americans are in favor of laws that stop LGBTI people from being discriminated in the job market, public accommodations and housing.
The research, conducted by Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) – a nonprofit that researches changes across cultural, religious and political landscapes – asked 40,292 people whether they strongly favor, favor, oppose, or strongly oppose the protections.
It found Democrats (79%), Independents (70%) and Republicans (56%) all favored the laws.
While a majority of Republicans still supported the laws, this has dropped significantly from 2015, where support was at 61%.
Among Republican voters, those who self-identify as moderate Republicans (69%) are more likely to favor nondiscrimination laws than both self-identified liberal Republicans (59%) or conservative Republicans (53%).
Meanwhile, conservative Democracts (61%) are about as likely as liberal Republicans to favor the laws and less likely than self-described moderate ones.
Along the same lines, people who univerally identify as liberals (81%), moderates (76%) and conservatives (55%) all favor nondiscrimination protections.
Geographical and religious splits
The research also says that across all states, the majority of people support protections for LGBTI people. This includes deeply conservative states like South Carolina (58%) and Kentucky (59%).
Support for these laws among New Age religions (86%), Jews (80%), Hindus (79%) is stronger than those of both religiously unaffiliated (78%) and Buddhists (75%).
White evangelical Protestants (54%) and Jehovah’s Witnesses (53%) are the least likely to support these laws.
The data was collected from a 7-question questionnaire asked between 15 March 2018 to 16 December 2018.
Author: Tom Capon
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