Groundbreaking New Poll of Republican Base Shows Strong Support for Gay Rights

Nearly 80% of Republicans Support Employment Non-Discrimination Protection for Gays

June 27, 2007 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Blogger Tumblr

(Washington, DC) – A groundbreaking new poll released today by leading GOP pollster Tony Fabrizio shows that Republican voters support basic fairness for all Americans, regardless of sexual orientation. The poll found, among other things, strong Republican support for employment non-discrimination and allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the U.S. military.

"This poll shows very encouraging results. It validates what we've been saying for a long time. Average Republicans are much more supportive of gay rights than some on the far right would like people to believe," said Log Cabin President Patrick Sammon. "What is most remarkable is that this is a poll of self-identified Republicans – not independents or Republican-leaning voters. This poll makes it clear that the much talked about "base" of the GOP fundamentally believes in basic fairness for all Americans."

Among the poll's findings:

The poll shows sharp disagreement on a range of social issues, however Republicans are united on some core priorities:

The GOP also is united in its support for enforcing existing immigration laws and waging an aggressive war on terror. "Our Party's agenda should focus on the core principles that unite GOP voters," said Sammon. "The politics of division is a recipe for defeat."

The survey of 2,000 self-identified Republican voters was conducted via telephone and online between May 28th and June 3rd 2007. It has a margin of error of +/-2.2%. The poll included Republicans from all parts of the country – with the largest percentage (38%) from the South. Leading GOP pollster and strategist Tony Fabrizio, from Fabrizio, McLaughlin & Associates, conducted the survey. He served as the pollster for Bob Dole's 1996 presidential campaign. Log Cabin joined three other mainstream Republican organizations to help underwrite a portion of this poll.