New Gallup Poll: 3.4 Percent of Americans Identify As LGBT
October 18, 2012 by Dan Rafter, Associate Director of Communications
An inaugural new Gallup survey finds that 3.4 percent of adults surveyed identify as LGBT. The survey is the most comprehensive look to date at the LGBT population in the United States and offers some important takeaways:
- Non-white individuals are more likely to identify as LGBT: According to the survey, 4.6 percent of black respondents identified as LGBT, followed by 4.3 percent of Asians, 4 percent of Hispanics, and 3.2 percent of non-Hispanic whites.
- Young Americans are more likely to identify as LGBT: 6.4 percent of those surveyed between the ages of 18-29 identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. For those 65 and older, that figure drops to 1.9 percent.
- LGBT Americans continue to face obstacles both in school and in the workplace: 4 percent of those who didn’t finish college identified as LGBT; while 5 percent of those with incomes lower than $24,000 a year are LGBT.
- LGBT women are just as likely as non-LGBT women to be raising children: both demographics clock in at 3.6 percent.
- The East Coast is home to those most readily identifying as LGBT: 3.7 percent of respondents live there. 3.6 percent report living in the West, while 3.4 and 3.2 percent report living in the Midwest and South, respectively.
Learn more about the survey.
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