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ENDA Isn’t Controversial Among Voters — Not Even In Mississippi

Jim Burroway

November 4th, 2013

Today, the Senate will hold a cloture vote on the Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA). It’s not clear yet whether the votes are there to cross the 60-vote threshold needed to proceed. The Washington Post’s Jeff Lax and Justin Phillips delved into the state-level polls and found widespread support for ENDA, even in such conservative states as Mississippi:

Nearly all recent opinion polls indicate that a large majority of the American public — more than 70 percent — supports efforts to make employment discrimination against gay men and and lesbians illegal. Of course, these national numbers are not what the senators are likely to care about. However, when we use national polls to estimate opinion by state, we find that majorities in all 50 states support ENDA-like legislation (note that in 1996, majorities in only 36 states supported ENDA). Today, public support ranges from a low of 63 percent in Mississippi to a high of 81 percent in Massachusetts. Here’s the graph of the approximate numbers based on our estimates from survey responses:

Intensity of opinion also favors ENDA — people who “strongly favor” a ban on employment discrimination outnumber those who “strongly oppose” it in every state, usually by 20 percentage points or more.

Based on the state-level polls, Lax and Phillips suggest that Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) would be a good target for the critical sixtieth vote; ENDA enjoys a whopping 77% support in the Granite State.

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cowboy
November 4th, 2013 | LINK

Here’s a rhetorical question:
Why does Utah stand out so much?

It’s clearly not because of the LDS Church. They tell us they don’t believe in discrimination in the workplace.

So it must be the Saints aren’t listening to their First Presidency but rather to Limbaugh or Glenn Beck.

Hyhybt
November 4th, 2013 | LINK

One of the things I may never quite get about politics is why so many vote against what large majorities of their constituency are for. The worst ENDA does is still almost 2/3 in favor, and yet 39 senators voted against it anyway. Including some who don’t even have the poor excuse of having to worry about primary challenges.

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