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Republicans Polled on Gay Rights

Timothy Kincaid

June 27th, 2007

Assumptions about Republicans and gay support generally hold that the two are mutually exclusive. However, a new poll by leading GOP pollster Tony Fabrizio shows a party membership that is not quite as hostile as it once might have been. The national survey (slightly skewed to the South) of 2000 self-identified Republican voters found the following:

77% of Republicans believe an employer should not have the right to fire an employee based solely on their sexual orientation. Even among social conservatives, 67% don’t believe an employer should be able to fire someone for being gay.

49% of Republicans believe gays and lesbians should be able to serve openly in the U.S. military, while 42% are opposed.

43% of Republicans support either marriage equality or civil unions. 51% oppose all relationship recognition.

53% of respondents agree that “the Republican Party has spent too much time focusing on moral issues such as abortion and gay marriage and should instead be spending time focusing on economic issues such as taxes and government spending.”

While these numbers show much room for improvement, they also indicate that the days may be waning when an anti-gay position wins you elections.

Update: Here’s the source: The Elephant Looks In The Mirror. Ten Years Later. (PDF: 260 KB/87 pages)



Jim Burroway
June 27th, 2007 | LINK

The times, they are a-changin’

June 27th, 2007 | LINK

Here is a link to the presentation prepared by the pollster.

June 28th, 2007 | LINK

I looked at the presentation, and I think its pretty interesting. Maybe leaders will look at this and see that most Republicans think there’s too much of a focus on what they called moral issues from the party.

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