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Americans Overwhelmingly Support Banning Discrimination among Federal Contractors

hrc workplace equalityPost submitted by Michael Cole-Schwartz, Former HRC Director of Communications

Americans overwhelmingly support banning discrimination among federal contractors, according to a new poll released today. According to the poll, 73 percent of 2012 likely voters favor an Executive Order that would ban federal contractors from discriminating based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The polling also shows that support remains strong regardless of age, race, education, political ideology, and a number of other demographics. Learn more.

The poll also shows 87 percent already think it’s illegal to discriminate based on sexual orientation or gender identity – only 5 percent know it remains legal.

Policies of non-discrimination are among the best practices of corporate America. Our Corporate Equality Index reveals 86 percent of Fortune 500 companies have their own policies against sexual orientation non-discrimination and nearly half cover gender identity. Just a decade ago, 61 percent had sexual orientation policies and only three percent covered gender identity.

Under a standing Executive Order from the Johnson administration, government contractors are barred from discriminating on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin. HRC first proposed that the administration add sexual orientation and gender identity to that list in our “Blueprint for Positive Change” – a series of policy recommendations we presented to the Obama administration shortly after the election in November 2008.  As part of a coalition advocating for this order, HRC has met with officials across the administration including at the White House to advocate the President take this important step.

The national survey of 800 likely voters was conducted for HRC by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research from November 9 – 13, 2011.  It has a margin of error of +/- 3.46 percentage points.

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