Bil Browning

Gallup Poll: Most Americans support hate crimes laws

Filed By Bil Browning | May 17, 2007 12:35 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics, The Movement, The Movement, Transgender & Intersex
Tags: Brad Ellsworth, Congress, Gallup Poll, hate crimes against LGBT people, Joe Donnelly, LGBT community, Matthew Shepard Act, Senate

Today Gallup released a national poll that points out what we've been saying all along: the majority of Americans support the hate crimes legislation.

The May 10-13 poll found that:

  • 78% percent of Americans support federal hate crimes laws
  • 68% favor including gender, sexual orientation and gender identity to these laws.

The poll also found that despite the very vocal opposition and lies of far right religious groups, the majority of Christians, frequent church goers, conservatives, and even Republicans favor expanding hate crime laws to include LGBT people. The truth is that it's really the extreme, homophobic far right wingers that are rallying against hate crimes. It goes to show how Indiana Congressmen Ellsworth and Donnelly really voted with the minority.

Still, even though this new poll shows that Americans are behind us, the conservative right wingers will be more determined than ever to derail the hate crimes legislation in the Senate. I'll be sure to keep you posted on the latest info as the bill moves forward in the Senate.

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