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.

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.