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Over the next week, Gallup will release a series of three articles providing insight into LGBT issues. A majority of Americans remain satisfied with the acceptance of gays and lesbians in the U.
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That said, the belief that gays make up a large share of the population does seem to influence people's views on policy issues. In the survey, "higher estimates of the gay population are associated with less support for equality," the researchers write. This was not true in the survey. Specifically, in , those making higher population estimates were less likely to support legal employment protections and same-sex marriage.
They were also "more likely to indicate that people are gay or lesbian because of upbringing or environmental factors. The results suggest that both "estimates of the gay population and attributions for homosexuality have become politicized over the last few decades in the same way gay-related policy issues have become politicized," the researchers conclude.
Does this mean that, if Americans—and members of the religious right in particular—were better informed on the actual size of the gay population, they may feel less threatened, and be more supportive of public policies aimed at ensuring equal rights? It's certainly possible. There is some evidence that giving conservatives factual information about climate change can shift attitudes on that topic. Perhaps it's time to insert some demographic information between the zingers on Will and Grace.