Sat Apr 14, 2012, 02:51 PM
Better Believe It (18,630 posts)
Polls Show Huge Public Support for Federal Gay and Transgender Workplace Protections
This should be a terrific and popular issue for President Obama and other Democratic candidates to campaign on in this election. Sign a Presidential Executive Order banning employer discrimination in jobs that use federal funds and let the Republican politicians foam at the mouth act like nutcases with their attacks! BBI
Polls Show Huge Public Support for Gay and Transgender Workplace Protections
By Jeff Krehely
June 2, 2011
A new poll from the Center for American Progress shows that the American public strongly supports workplace nondiscrimination protections for gay and transgender people.* This support comes at a time when new research shows just how much dis- crimination and harassment this population faces on the job.
Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research fielded the poll of likely 2012 voters in the first and second weeks of April 2011. Nearly three-fourths of voters (73 percent) support protecting gay and transgender people from workplace discrimination. This support cuts across political party affiliation, with 81 percent of Democrats, 74 percent of independents, and 66 percent of Republicans supporting workplace nondiscrimination laws for gay and transgender people.
Catholic (74 percent support) and senior citizen (61 percent support) voters are also clearly in favor of employment protections for gay and transgender people. Even among voters who identify themselves as feeling generally unfavorable toward gay people, a full 50 percent support workplace nondiscrimination protections for the gay and transgender population.
Since at least the early 1980s, a majority of Americans have supported equal rights and opportunities for gay people in the workplace. Polling questions about transgender workers have only been asked recently. But the CAP poll shows that voters support transgender protections at almost the same rate they support gay protections. Seventy- five percent of likely voters say they favor “protecting gay and lesbian people from dis- crimination in employment,” while 73 percent say they favor these protections for “gay, lesbian, and transgender people.” The responses are essentially identical.
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Sat Apr 14, 2012, 02:59 PM
Blue_In_AK (41,039 posts)
1. This would be great.
We just failed to pass such a proposition protecting GLBT housing and workplace rights here in Anchorage in one of the worst-botched elections in history. See: http://www.adn.com/2012/04/13/2421663/clerk-calls-for-independent-review.html and related stories.
The religious bigots in this town will do anything to get their way.