New Statistics Out On Percentage Of American Society That Identify as LGB

The Advocate has a article out on a new Hunter College poll, entitled Poll: Only 2.9% of Americans Are LGB.

Hunter College released the results of a groundbreaking poll Wednesday that found only 2.9% of Americans older than 18 identify as LGB, lower than the 4%-5% often cited in voter exit polls.

Professor Patrick Egan of New York University, one of the poll’s authors, explained that exit polls generally provide an over-representative sample of LGBs. “Exit polls are based on voters — the people who show up at the polls. Gays and lesbians vote much more consistently than the general population,” Egan said.

Why weren’t the transfolk included in the numbers?

…Transgender individuals were not included because to date their numbers are too few to provide a statistically accurate representation.

Lots of other interesting stuff in the poll results, including:

* LGBs are more politically active than their straight counterparts (partly due to a sensibility developed during the coming-out process)

* LGBs may be having a disproportionate impact on the political process, not only through participation at the polls but through civic engagement in activities such as volunteering for campaigns, writing letters to editors, contacting government officials, and attending protests and rallies.

* The poll also found that LGBs are younger overall than mainstream America, with the average age of those over 18 being 41 years of age, versus 46 for the general population. Even more striking, only 3.5% of LGBs are 65 or older, whereas seniors constitute 16.3% of American adults.

With the HRC’s recent credibility problems, it probably should be noted that:

The Hunter College poll was funded through a grant from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. Professors Murray Edelman of Rutgers University and Kenneth Sherrill of Hunter College authored the poll along with Egan.

~~~~~Update~~~~~

Blender Raine, in the comments, provided a link to NYU’s media release on the study in question, with the media release having a link to the a PDF of the survey results and methodology (which is the link just pasted here to the left).

Thx Raine!

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Further reading:

* Survey shows gays ‘ignorant’ of basic rights issues; Majority of respondents flunk test on U.S. laws

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