Poll: Seven in 10 support LGBT nondiscrimination laws

Nearly 70 percent of Americans favor laws that protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination in workplaces, housing and public accommodations, a number that includes nearly a quarter of Americans who oppose same-sex marriage, according to a new poll the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) released Wednesday.

The PRRI said 75 percent of Americans incorrectly believe workplace nondiscrimination laws are already on the books.

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The poll found 47 percent of Americans favor both same-sex marriage and nondiscrimination laws. Further, 8 percent of Americans are in favor only of same-sex marriage but not nondiscrimination laws, and 23 percent of Americans support nondiscrimination laws but oppose gay marriage.

According the poll, 24 percent of white evangelical Protestants support both same-sex marriage and nondiscrimination laws, with 36 percent supporting just nondiscrimination laws.

At 71 percent support, religiously-unaffiliated Americans are more likely than Americans overal, to favor both same-sex marriage and nondiscrimination laws — nearly three-times as likely as white evangelical Protestants.