New Poll Tracks 90% Support for LGBT Employment Protections Among Young People

By Adam Polaski • August 9, 2016 • 12:20 pm

A new poll from GenForward among young people ages 18-30 tracked outstanding support for LGBT-inclusive employment non-discrimination protections.

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According to the poll, 90% of young Americans – polled across racial and ethnic groups – expressed support for equal employment for LGBT people. Support specifically among white respondents for employment equality for LGBT individuals rose from 84 percent to 92 percent in the past two years.

One of the respondents quoted in The New York Times story about the poll is Christie Cocklin, who explains why support for LGBT rights aligns with her values. She said:

“People who don’t identify as heterosexual are human like we are, and should be entitled to the same kind of rights. I have friends who are LGBT and I feel that it’s discrimination to not allow them adoption or employment or whatever.”

Overall, many polls over the past few years have tracked supermajority support for comprehensive nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people. Lawmakers ought to take particular note of the high levels of support among young Americans. As the next generation of decision-makers, voters, and leaders, recognizing these strong levels of support is vital to appealing to this population and working toward a future where no one faces discrimination because of who they are or who they love.


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