68% of Americans support workplace protections for LGBT Americans

A majority of Americans support a federal law that would ban discrimination by employers based on someone’s sexual orientation according to a poll released by Americans for Workplace Opportunity campaign.

Maggie Haberman from Politico writes;

The poll, which surveyed people in all 50 states, comes as supporters of the bill are pressing Congress to take action soon. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is said to be searching for Republican support for the bill, a long-dormant effort that got a shot in the arm last July when it passed out of the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee.

“It’s really very encouraging to see not just the level of support but the source” of where it is coming from, said Matt McTighe, who is head of the Americans for Workplace Opportunity campaign. He said it’s also worth noting that Lundry, who was Mitt Romney’s director of data science, is an “extremely reputable Republican pollster who’s worked with a lot of Republican candidates and conservative organizations.”

The poll found that most people, regardless of political party affiliation, agree that LGBT people should be treated fairly in the workplace.

88 percent (86 percent of Republicans) agree with the statement; "Everyone has a right to earn a living-including gay, lesbian, and transgender Americans-and workers should be judged on the job they do-nothing more, nothing less."

88 percent (84 percent of Republicans) agree with the statement; "Companies should hire and fire based solely on a person's qualifications not quotas-gay and transgender employees should have an equal opportunity to everyone else."

Public support for employment protections for LGBT employees continues to grow, while the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) advances in congress. For full information about ENDA, including media resources, visit www.glaad.org/enda. If you or someone you know has experienced workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, please share your story with GLAAD