Support for LGBT rights drops among young Republicans: survey

Support for policies preventing discrimination for LBGT people has dropped among Republicans, particularly young Republicans, in the past several years, according to a new survey released Tuesday. 

The Public Religion Research Institute survey found that among Republicans, support for laws protecting LGBT people from discrimination in jobs, public accommodations and housing fell from 61 percent in 2015 to 56 percent in 2018.

{mosads}The decline was sharper among Republicans between the ages of 18 and 29, with support falling from 74 percent to 63 percent.

The survey found that overall support for LGBT protection has remained fairly constant, with 69 percent of American favoring protections in 2018, compared with 70 percent supporting protections last year. 

Overall, PRRI surveyed 54,357 people between Jan. 3, 2018 and Dec. 30, 2018. The margin for error is plus or minus 0.4 percentage points. The survey asked a subset of 40,292 people about LBGT issues between March 14, 2018, and Dec. 16.

The survey also found that a majority of Americans — 62 percent — support same-sex marriage while 30 percent are opposed to it. 

PRRI interviewed 4,028 people between March 14, 2018, and March 25, 2018, and June 27 and July 8 on their views on same-sex marriage. These findings have a margin for error of plus or minus 1.5 percentage points. 

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