Stark Differences Between Evangelicals And Other Religious Americans On LGBTQ Rights

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A new poll shows white evangelicals have stark differences from other religious groups when it comes to civil rights protections for LGBTQ Americans.

Conducted by the Associated Press/NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, the survey’s results indicate 39 percent of white evangelicals oppose extending anti-discrimination protections to LGBTQ people, while only 13 percent of other Americans oppose such protections.

Thirty-three percent of evangelicals support government restrictions on discrimination against LGBTQs in schools, housing or the workplace. In comparison, 66 percent of other Americans support banning LGBTQ discrimination.

The poll also shows white evangelical Protestants believe religion should have more influence on public policy than it currently does.

Sixty-two percent of evangelicals believe religion should have an influence on LGBTQ issues, while only 30 percent of other Americans agree.

And it will come as no surprise that President Trump garners strong support (79%) from white evangelicals, while other Americans strongly disapprove of his job performance.

(Source: AP/NORC Center for Public Affairs Research)

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