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Less backing for LGBTQ rights was noticed in the past year, according to a recent survey

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Last year, a report from the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) revealed a slight drop in support for laws protecting LGBTQ people from discrimination among adults in the United States. PRRI is a non-profit organization that studies religion, values, and public policy.

According to the report, over 22,000 US adults were surveyed about their views on LGBTQ rights, covering areas like nondiscrimination protections, same-sex marriage, and whether small business owners can use religious beliefs to refuse services. The respondents were asked whether they support laws safeguarding “LGBTQ Americans from discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodation.”

In 2021, 76% of adults expressed support for these policies, down from 80% in 2022. Despite the decline, the majority of Americans still back LGBTQ rights and protections in housing, employment, and public places.

Support remained steady among Democrats but dropped among Republicans from 66% to 59%. The findings also suggest a gradual decline in support among Americans aged 18-29, going from 83% in 2020 to 75% in 2023.

Regarding same-sex marriage, 67% of American adults supported it in 2021, down from 69% in 2022. Across age groups and ethnicities, the majority supported same-sex marriage, including 56% of Black individuals, 63% of Hispanic individuals, 69% of White individuals, and 75% of Asian American or Pacific Islander individuals.

The report noted a decline in support for same-sex marriage among Hispanic Catholics, dropping from 75% in 2022 to 68% in 2023. Democrats were overwhelmingly in favor (82%), while Republicans were divided, with 47% in favor and 51% opposed.

The report highlighted that 10% of Americans identified as part of the LGBTQ community in 2021, with 22% of those aged 18-29 identifying as LGBTQ. Almost half (46%) identified as Democrats, 30% as Independents, and 8% as Republicans. A majority (52%) identified as “religiously unaffiliated.”

In terms of race and ethnicity, 59% of LGBTQ Americans identified as White, 20% as Hispanic, 11% as Black, and 5% as Asian American or Pacific Islanders, mirroring the general US adult population. The report’s findings were based on a survey of more than 22,000 randomly selected adults nationwide.

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