Poll: Conservatives, Weekly Church Goers Say No New LGBT Laws Needed

By Michael W. Chapman | May 26, 2017 | 5:32pm EDT

(CNSNews.com) -- Although a Gallup poll shows that Americans are split over whether new laws are needed to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, the same survey shows that strong majorities of male adults, weekly church goers, conservatives, and Republicans believe no new laws are needed. 

On the flip side, strong majorites of women, young people, Democrats, and liberals believe more laws are needed.

In the poll, Gallup asked, "Do you think new civil rights laws are needed to reduce discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people, or not?"

Seventy-six percent of liberals said, "yes, new laws needed," and 67% of Democrats said the same.

However, 68% of conservatives and 70% of Republicans said, "no, not needed."

Further, for American adults who attend church weekly, 59% said no new LGBT laws are needed, and 58% of male adults said the same. In addition, 52% of adults age 50 to 64 said new LGBT laws are unnecessary, and 49% of those over age 65 said the same. 

Fifty-five percent of adults who "attend church less often" and "nearly weekly/monthly" support enacting new laws for LGBT people. Sixty percent of women think that way, as do Americans age 18 to 29. 

The numbers were similar on a related question. Gallup asked, "In terms of policies governing public restrooms, do you think these policies should require transgender individuals to use the restroom that corresponds with their birth gender (or should those policies) allow transgender individuals to use the restroom that corresponds with their gender identity?"

Birth gender refers to the biological, anatomical sex of a person at birth, male or female. Gender identity refers to the gender a person chooses to follow regardless of biology and genetics. A transgender is a person who believes they are the opposite sex  of their biology, e.g., Bruce "Caitlyn" Jenner, a biological male who thinks he is a woman and has had breast implants, hormone treatments, and had his genitalia surgically altered to look like a vagina. 

Bruce "Caitlyn" Jenner. 

In the survey responses, strong majorities of Republicans (71%), conservatives (69%), weekly church attendees (63%), and men (57%) believe that transgender persons should use the bathroom that matches their birth gender. 

On the flip side, strong majorities of people who "attend church less often" (56%), as well as Democrats (63%) and liberals (72%) think transgenders should be allowed to use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity.  

The poll was conducted by telephone, May 3-7, and 1,011 adults, 18 and older, were interviewed in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The margin of error is +/- 4 percentage points. 

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