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Republican Pollster: ENDA Represents a “Fundamental Conservative Value”

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Post submited by Adam Bradley, HRC Communications Intern

In an op-ed for CNN, Republican polling expert Alex Lundry outlined the vast coalition supporting the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA)—and called on Republican leaders to add their voices.

Lundry’s polling firm, TargetPoint Consulting, conducted a survey to gauge voter support for ENDA, which would extend workplace protections to gay and transgender employees.

The poll found that 68% of voters nationwide support ENDA, including 56% of Republicans. Lundry also noted that the values inherent in the bill are nonpartisan values:

“[Supporting ENDA] isn’t just smart policy—it’s also smart politics. Although many Republicans still struggle to embrace the freedom to marry, there is a clear consensus within the GOP that all Americans be protected in the workplace. An overwhelming majority of Republicans, 86%, believe ‘everyone has a right to earn a living including gay, lesbian and transgender Americans.’ Similarly, 86% of Republicans agree that ‘we should all follow the Golden Rule and treat others as we'd like to be treated, including gay, lesbian and transgender Americans.’

Treating others as we would like to be treated is a fundamental conservative value.”

HRC is proud to be a member of the Americans for Workplace Opportunity campaign – a bipartisan campaign to pass ENDA. You can take action and learn more at workplaceopportunity.org.

To read Lundry’s op-ed in its entirety, click here.

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