For Your Viewing Pleasure: Video of PRRI’s Survey Release Event for A Shifting Landscape: A Decade of Change in American Attitudes about Same-sex Marriage and LGBT Issues[03.07.2014]
On Wednesday, February 26, 2014, despite yet another snowy day in Washington DC, PRRI released its newest survey, A Shifting Landscape: A Decade of Change in American Attitudes about Same-sex Marriage and LGBT Issues, at the Kaiser Family Foundation. Watch the video now to see PRRI’s CEO Dr. Robert P. Jones present the findings, followed by comments about the survey by panelists Dr. Jennifer Kates of the Kaiser Family Foundation, Jonathan Capehart of the Washington Post and MSNBC, and Dr. Clyde Wilcox of Georgetown University. The event concludes with a stimulating audience Q&A. To read the complete survey, click here.
The U.S. Senate’s passage last year of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), a bill to ban workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, brought national attention to the issue of job protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans. Interestingly, PRRI’s latest survey finds that even after the well-publicized vote, most Americans remain unaware that such employment protections don’t currently exist.
Pope Francis has indicated that while the Catholic Church continues to oppose same-sex marriage, the Church may be able to support civil unions for gay and lesbian couples. In America, the pontiff’s comments are likely to be welcomed by Catholics, as majorities of both white Catholics (58 percent) and Hispanic Catholics (56 percent) support legalizing same-sex marriage.
In his latest for Sacred Matters, PRRI Research Director Daniel Cox examines the role negative church teachings about, or treatment of, gay and lesbian people is playing in the decisions by roughly one-quarter (24 percent) of American Millennials (ages 18 to 34) to leave their childhood religions and to identify today as unaffiliated.
Dick Cheney, Rob Portman, and the Role Family Members and Friends of LGBT Americans Play in the Same-sex Marriage Debate[03.04.2014]
Increasingly, politicians on both sides of the aisle have come out in support of same-sex marriage in recent years. Most famously, in 2012 President Barack Obama told ABC News, “I think same-sex couples should be able to get married.” Former Vice President Dick Cheney and Ohio Senator Rob Portman, both prominent Republicans, have notably defied their party’s stance on the issue to come out in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage. For both, the issue is personal: Dick Cheney’s daughter is a lesbian, and Rob Portman’s son is gay.
According to PRRI’s latest survey, support for same-sex marriage in America has risen by a full 21 points in the last decade, from 32 percent in 2003 to a full majority (53 percent) today. Which groups have led the way in affecting such a tidal wave of change in public opinion?
PRRI’s latest research, the 2014 LGBT Issues and Trends Survey, shows support for same-sex marriage jumped 21 percentage points from 2003 – when Massachusetts became the first state to legalize same-sex marriage – to 2013. Currently, a majority (53 percent) of Americans favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to legally marry, compared to 41 percent who oppose. In 2003, less than one-third (32 percent) of Americans supported allowing gays and… more
Media coverage of PRRI’s report A Shifting Landscape: A Decade of Change in American Attitudes about Same-sex Marriage and LGBT Issues has been comprehensive following the survey’s release in Washington this morning.
Judge Orlando Garcia said in his decision that “state-imposed inequality can find no refuge in our United States Constitution,” but added that the ban on same-sex marriage would remain in place until an appeals court can rule on the case. How will Texans react? PRRI’s A Shifting Landscape: A Decade of Change in American Attitudes about Same-sex Marriage and LGBT Issues provides some insight.
A Shifting Landscape: A Decade of Change in American Attitudes about Same-sex Marriage and LGBT Issues, released just this morning, uncovers a wealth of new data on U.S. public opinion toward a range of LGBT issues. Here are a few highlights!