Gallup: More Americans Identify As LGBT Than Ever Before

Rainbow flags waving at LGBTQ Pride event

Rainbow flags waving at LGBTQ Pride event

New polling from Gallup shows 5.6% of adults in the U.S. identify as LGBT. That’s an increase from 4.5% shown in Gallup’s previous 2017 survey.

Currently, 86.7% of Americans say they are heterosexual or straight, and 7.6% do not answer the question about their sexual orientation. Gallup’s 2012-2017 data had roughly 5% “no opinion” responses.

Based on 15,000 interviews of Americans 18 or older, the identity question has been updated to allow respondents to indicate their precise sexual orientation. Previously, respondents could merely answer yes or no as to whether they identified as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender.

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Among LGBT adults – 54.6% identify as bisexual, 24.5% say they are gay, 11.7% raise their hands as lesbian, and 11.3% as transgender.

An additional 3.3% volunteer another non-heterosexual preference or term to describe their sexual orientation, such as queer or same-gender-loving.

Gallup notes that “younger generations are far more likely to consider themselves to be something other than heterosexual.”

This includes about one in six adult members of Generation Z (those aged 18 to 23 in 2020).

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Read more at Gallup.

Gallup: Trump’s Approval Rating Craters At 34%

Fifty-four percent of Americans believe Donald Trump should be impeached

The last Gallup poll to report on Donald Trump’s approval rating shows the 45th president will leave the Oval Office with a dismal 34 percent approval.

The number of Americans who disapprove of the job Trump has done has skyrocketed to 62 percent.

Those are Trump’s worst numbers in the weekly tracking poll. His average job approval over 4 years is 41 percent.

Donald Trump's approval rating has plummeted to 34 percent
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It won’t be good news to Trump to learn that he lags far behind other recent presidents at this point in their time in office.

At this point in their first terms in office, the three most recent presidents – Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton – all fared much better in terms of approval rating.

Obama was at 54 percent, Bush was at 52 percent, and Clinton enjoyed 62 percent approval from the nation.

Of course, it goes without saying that all three of those men served two terms in the Oval Office.

See the graphic below.

Donald Trump's approval rating is much lower than his recent predessessors

As I recently reported, Trump’s approval rating hit another all-time low over at Pew Research which showed a sad 29% approval.

Gallup Polls: Majority Supports Impeachment Of Donald Trump

Trump walks past reporters with no comment
Donald Trump (image via Flickr/WhiteHouse – public domain)

Another poll shows a majority of Americans are done with Donald Trump.

The latest polling from Gallup shows 52% of Americans believe Trump should be impeached and removed from office while 46% do not support impeachment.

This is almost the inverse of polling results in June which showed support for impeachment at 45% and 53% opposing.

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Gallup also looked back at the impeachment polling for Presidents Bill Clinton and Richard Nixon.

Support for removing Clinton from office never got higher than 35%, while 58% of Americans wanted Nixon gone right before he saw the writing on the wall and resigned.

Bare Majority Of Americans Believe Stronger LGBT Civil Rights Laws Are Needed

From Gallup:

Americans are about evenly divided on whether new civil rights laws are needed to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Fifty-one percent of U.S. adults say such laws are needed, while 46% say they are not.

These data, from Gallup’s annual Values and Beliefs poll conducted May 3-7, come as Democratic members of Congress plan to reintroduce a bill that would provide protections for LGBT people from housing, employment and other forms of discrimination. The bill’s potential for passage is unclear, as few in the majority Republican caucus have given their support.

Gallup is being generous with that last line. The Equality Act currently has no chance in hell in passing with both the House and Senate in Republican control.

And certainly President Babyhands isn’t going to go to bat for us.

Gallup Poll: President Obama And Hillary Clinton Named “Most Admired”

President Barack Obama was again named the man most Americans admire in Gallup’s annual poll. He has been on the top of the list every year since 2008.

Obama also currently enjoys an unusually high approval rating, 56%, for an outgoing president.

Hillary Clinton was the woman Americans most admired for the 15th year in a row.

From Politico:

In second place was his successor, Donald Trump, favored by 15 percent.

Others in the top 10 included Pope Francis in third place and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in fourth, followed by the Rev. Billy Graham in fifth. Bill Clinton tied for sixth place with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Dalai Lama and Bill Gates, while Vice President-elect Mike Pence came in 10th.

Asked to name the woman they most admire, 12 percent of Americans polled by Gallup chose Hillary Clinton, who has come in first in the poll 21 times, a record. First lady Michelle Obama came in second, at 8 percent.

Gallup daily tracking poll: Mitt Romney leads President Obama 47%-45%

Gallup has begun it’s presidential general election daily tracking poll for 2012.

At this point, at the start of the general election (now that Santorum has suspended his campaign Mitt Romney is the sure-to-be GOP candidate) Mitt Romney leads President Obama 47%-45%. Both candidates show 90% support from their respective parties.

From Gallup: “History shows that the candidates’ positioning in the spring of an election year is not necessarily good at forecasting the election outcomes. For example, in an April 20-22, 1992, Gallup poll, incumbent President George H.W. Bush was ahead with 41% of the vote, compared with 26% for Bill Clinton and 25% for Ross Perot. And in an April 11-14, 1980, poll, incumbent President Jimmy Carter led Ronald Reagan by 42% to 34%, with John Anderson receiving 18% support. Both Bush and Carter, of course, ultimately lost their re-election bids.”

Read more at Gallup.

UPDATE: President Barack Obama holds a nine-point lead over Romney in a new CNN/ORC International poll, thanks in part to the perception that the president is more likeable and more in touch with the problems facing women and middle class Americans.

According to the poll, 52% of registered voters say if the presidential election were held today, they would vote for the president, with 43% saying they would cast a ballot for Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who is making his second bid for the White House.