Monday, May 30, 2011

Gay America

Steve Salier's iSteve Blog links to these ridiclous poll-findings — U.S. Adults Estimate That 25% of Americans Are Gay or Lesbian. As Mr. Sailer says, "Only 4% said less than 5%, which is probably the best guess."

The article quotes a demographer as "estimating that 3.5% of adults in the United States identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual, with bisexuals making up a slight majority of that figure." The same demographer "also disputes the well-circulated statistic that '10% of the males are more or less exclusively homosexual.'"

The article also notes research that "a decade ago found Americans estimating much larger U.S. black and Hispanic populations than what the U.S. Census Bureau reported for those groups." I heard about this two decades ago, and it was chalked up to white fears of minorities. Is "homophobia" driving this misinformation?

Not likely. The report states, "Democrats, liberals, and those who say they are socially liberal are also more likely to give higher estimates than those at the other end of the spectrum."

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