Americans Have No Idea How Few Gay People There Are

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    Americans Have No Idea How Few Gay People There Are

    By Garance Franke-Ruta
    May 31 2012

    Surveys show a shockingly high fraction think a quarter of the country is gay or lesbian, when the reality is that it's probably less than 2 percent.
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    One in ten. It's the name of the group that puts on the Reel Affirmations gay and lesbian film festival in Washington, D.C., each year. It's the percent popularized by the Kinsey Report as the size of the gay male population. And it's among the most common figures pointed to in popular culture as an estimate of how many people are gay or lesbian.

    But what percentage of the population is actually gay or lesbian? With the debate over same-sex marriage again an emerging fault line in American political life, the answer comes as a surprise: A lower number than you might think -- and a much, much, much lower one than most Americans believe.

    In surveys conducted in 2002 and 2011, pollsters at Gallup found that members of the American public massively overestimated how many people are gay or lesbian. In 2002, a quarter of those surveyed guessed upwards of a quarter of Americans were gay or lesbian (or "homosexual," the third option given). By 2011, that misperception had only grown, with more than a third of those surveyed now guessing that more than 25 percent of Americans are gay or lesbian. Women and young adults were most likely to provide high estimates, approximating that 30 percent of the population is gay. Overall, "U.S. adults, on average, estimate that 25 percent of Americans are gay or lesbian," Gallup found. Only 4 percent of all those surveyed in 2011 and about 8 percent of those surveyed in 2002 correctly guessed that fewer than 5 percent of Americans identify as gay or lesbian.

    Politics - Garance Franke-Ruta - Americans Have No Idea How Few Gay People There Are - The Atlantic

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    And? Are you just posting stuff with no comments of your own?
     
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    ..and no real way to know how many.
     
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    and your point is...?
     
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    makes you wonder why Americans think there are so many ...
     
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    More left-handed people, yet fewer protests.....
     
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    a couple of observations, based on the premise of the OP...

    if the homosexual population is indeed around 2%, that puts them at about the same concentration as the Jewish population... which, even though it's relatively small, would make America a much less interesting, vibrant and successful place if it did not exist...

    if the homosexual population is indeed around 2%, then why should folks feel so threatened that "the gays are taking over"...?
     
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    I don't think they HAVE to protest not being allowed to marry or serve or keep their jobs or be allowed to adopt. If lefthanded people were denied such things, do you think they would do NOTHING?
     
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    Left handed people are born that way, they do not choose to become left handed. :lol:
    They dont have have left handed parades to tell everyone they are left handed :lol:
     
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