The first results are in for a new Gallup polling question, asking respondents, “Do you, personally, identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender?” After 120,000 responses, it seems that about 3.4 percent do openly identify, though an addition 4.4 percent chose not to respond. These numbers jibe with the analysis conducted by The Williams Institute’s Gary Gates last year, which found about 3.8 percent of Americans identify as LGBT. It’s important to note that there is a difference between how many people openly identify as LGBT and how many people may in fact have ever had same-sex attractions, engaged in same-sex behaviors, or have ever been a part of same-sex relationships. As Gates noted, studies have shown that as much as 11 percent had had such attractions and 8.2 percent had had sexual interactions with the same sex. According to the Gallup results, LGBT respondents are more likely to be women, non-white, young, and have lower levels of education and income.
Gallup Poll Finds 3.4 Percent Of Americans Identify As LGBT