"New HRC Poll: Gays More Popular In Utah Than Obama"
The Human Rights Campaign has released a new poll showing that Utahns have “warmer feelings toward gay and lesbian people than they do toward President Barack Obama.” Gay and lesbians scored a 51 percent approval rating, while Obama received an average 38 points, the survey found. Seventy-seven percent of residents would also support extending anti-discrimination protections in housing, employment and public accommodations to the LGBT community, and “42 percent said their feelings about LGBT people have become more accepting over the last five to 10 years.” A majority — 63 percent — still oppose same-sex marriage.
The poll comes as HRC kicks off its 17-city equality tour in Salt Lake City, Utah today, which is meant to highlight the growing acceptance of gay and lesbian people in the state. Watch local news coverage of the events: