Project Right Side has a comprehensive and unique dataset of Republican attitudes on a range of LGBT issues. In the last five years, a variety of established GOP pollsters have surveyed nearly 20,000 American voters on these issues on behalf of Project Right Side. The numbers show strong and increasing support for the equal and fair treatment of gay and transgender people. The surveys also show more and more Republicans in favor of freedom and fairness for LGBT Americans.

New poll: Majority of Georgia Voters Support State LGBT Nondiscrimination Protections

The December 2016 study revealed that a majority of Georgia voters are in favor of legal measures and a battery of messaging that support LGBT nondiscrimination in the areas of employment, housing and public accommodations. Further, Georgians are more likely to vote for a candidate who supports a state based nondiscrimination law. Polling Memo

New poll from PRRI finds a majority of Americans oppose Transgender Bathroom Restrictions

A new poll from PRRI found a majority of Americans oppose Transgender Bathroom Restrictions. Key findings from the poll include:

  • Nearly two-thirds (64%) of Americans oppose allowing small business owners in their state to refuse to provide products or services to gay or lesbian people if doing so violates their religious beliefs.
  • More than seven in ten (71%) Americans oppose allowing churches and places of worship to endorse political candidates while retaining their tax-exempt status, compared to only 22% who favor such a policy.
  •  More than six in ten (63%) favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry legally. As recently as 2013, only slightly more than half (52%) the public backed same-sex marriage nationally.
  • There is broad public support for laws protecting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people against discrimination in jobs, public accommodations and housing. Seven in ten (70%) Americans favor laws that would provide these protections to LGBT people, compared to roughly one-quarter (26%) who oppose such laws.
  • A majority (53%) of Americans oppose laws that would require transgender people to use bathrooms that correspond to their sex at birth rather than their current gender identity. Nearly four in ten (39%) favor such laws. Notably, nearly one in ten (8%) Americans report no opinion on this issue.

New Poll: Large Majorities Favor Federal Non-Discrimination Laws for LGBT Americans

A new national survey conducted for Project Right Side shows strong bipartisan support for federal legislation to protect LGBT Americans from discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodations. The poll by Just Win Research shows 75% of Americans support LGBT inclusive non-discrimination protections, including 57% support among GOP voters. The survey also shows 80% of registered voters believe it’s already against federal law to discriminate against LGBT Americans. 64% of respondents are more likely to support a candidate who favors non-discrimination laws. The July 2016 survey of more than 1,000 registered voters also shows strong majorities supporting the freedom to marry and the ability of openly LGBT Americans to serve in the US military. | National Polling Memo | National Polling Topline

Poll Shows Strong Support for LGBT Freedom and Inclusion

A summer 2015 national poll conducted for Project Right Side and American Unity Fund shows strong support for allowing gay and lesbian couples to have the freedom to marry. 57% of registered voters favor allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally, including a high of 39% of Republicans. This shows the steady but meaningful shift among Republican voters: in a 2013 poll commissioned for Project Right Side, pollsters found 25% support for the freedom to marry – a 14 point shift in opinion in the last two years. Pollsters surveyed 2,000 registered voters, including nearly 800 Republicans and Republican leaning voters just days before the US Supreme Court’s historic decision granting the freedom to marry. The poll also surveyed 500 voters in the early primary states of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada.

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An Emerging Republican Majority for Marriage

The world is changing fast on LGBT issues and so are Republicans. Between 2011 and 2014, Republican support for the freedom to marry grew by 11 points, while oppositions to any legal recognition fell by 7 points. For every one Republican who became more opposed to same-sex marriage between 2009 and 2014, two became more supportive of it. A majority of Republicans under age 50 now support the freedom to marry for LGBT people. | View Infographic

Poll Shows Strong Nationwide Support for LGBT Employment Non-Discrimination Law

A national poll shows large majorities of Americans don’t believe LGBT people should face discrimination in the workplace. The 2013 survey of 2,000 registered voters (conducted by TargetPoint Consulting for Project Right Side) shows 69% support, including 46% among Republicans, for a federal law to protect LGBT people from employment discrimination. Innovative statistical modeling shows majority support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) in all 50 states. Additionally, 88% of respondents, including 84% of Republicans, agree that companies should hire and fire based solely on qualifications not quotas – LGBT people should have an equal opportunity as everyone else. | National Polling Memo | View Infographic

10 Key Data Points on the Freedom to Marry

Polling from the 2012 election shows a GOP electorate at odds with conventional wisdom about LGBT issues. Surveys from TargetPoint Consulting show that a pronounced majority of Republican voters are more favorable than unfavorable to an expansion of a variety of legal rights to gays and lesbians. For 9 out of 12 questions, a majority of Republicans express a pro-gay rights sentiment; for 12 out of 12, there were more pro-gay rights Republicans than there were those that were anti-gay rights. On a composite measure of these items, 65% of Republicans were more favorable than unfavorable to expansions of gay rights, while only a small minority of 29% were net opponents of gay rights. On marriage, 62% of Republicans believe that gay couples should have at least some legal recognition of their relationship. Read more. | View Infographic

2012 Election Night Poll Shows Interesting Trends on LGBT Issues

A poll of 2,000 voters in battleground states conducted on election night 2012 shows a changing landscape on issues related to LGBT freedom.  74% of respondents, including 62% of Romney voters, support a law that would provide employment non-discrimination protections for gay and lesbian people. 56% of respondents support the freedom to marry. TargetPoint Consulting surveyed voters for Project Right Side in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, Nevada, Ohio, and Virginia.  17% of voters in these states said gay marriage was a very high priority issue. Reinforcing an emerging opinion trend, it is no longer only a top priority among only opponents of gay marriage; rather, among those that said it was a very high priority, half are same sex marriage supporters: 50% support and 48% oppose. Read more.

2012 Poll of Battleground Independents Shows Overwhelming Support for LGBT Freedom

A June 2012 poll shows overwhelming support for LGBT rights among independents. TargetPoint Consulting conducted a battleground poll of 2,000 Independent voters across eight states (CO, FL, IA, NC, NH, NV, OH and VA) on behalf of Project Right Side. The poll shows independent voters overwhelmingly in support of LGBT rights. 79% of respondents support relationship recognition for same sex couples, including 56% backing the freedom to marry. On a broad range of issues, more independents were pro-gay rights than against. Independents were given fourteen opportunities to express either a positive or negative opinion on various issues and messages regarding gays and lesbians and in 11 out of 14 instances at least 60% of the independent electorate expressed a pro-gay rights sentiment. In 14 out of 14 instances, more Independents were pro-gay rights than those that were against. National Polling Memo

2012 Marriage Memo from Jan van Lohuizen, pollster for President George W. Bush

The pollster for President George W. Bush analyzes public polling on same-sex marriage. Jan van Lohuizen says support for same sex marriage has been growing at an accelerated rate with no sign of slowing down. A review of public polling shows that up to 2009 support for gay marriage increased at a rate of 1% a year. Starting in 2010, the change in the level of support accelerated to 5% a year. According to van Lohuizen, polls show that, “As more people have become aware of friends and family members who are gay, attitudes have begun to shift at an accelerated pace. This is not about a generational shift in attitudes, this is about people changing their thinking as they recognize their friends and family members who are gay or lesbian.” Read the memo.