LGBT population and anti-LGBT sentiment underreported

A new polling method conducted by a team of researchers from Ohio State and Boston Universities reveals that 65% more people identify themselves as "non-heterosexual" than previously reported. The report also shows that anti-LGBT sentiment is "substantially underestimated".

The Pew Research Center reports:

“We find substantial under-reporting of LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender] identity and behaviors as well as underreporting of anti-gay sentiment …even under anonymous and very private conditions,” the researchers wrote in a working paper just published by the National Bureau of Economic Research.

In the results using the experimental technique, self-reports of non-heterosexual identity amounted to 19% of those surveyed using the Veiled Report methods – 65% higher than the 11% in the control group. The share reporting same-sex sexual experiences also grew from 17% in the control group to 27% in the Veiled Report group, they reported. (Because their experiment did not use a random sample of the adult population, the researchers do not attempt to estimate the actual size of the country’s gay and lesbian population.)

Read the story along with the full report at PewResearch.org.

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