Gallup Poll: Americans Think There Are WAAAAY More Gays Than There Really Are: Six Times More.
According to new data released by Gallup, Americans believe that there are six times as many gays and lesbians in the population as there actually are.
The Gay/lesbian/transgender community gets so much attention that people naturally think they’re everywhere. They’re not.
According to Gallup’s tracking surveys in the first four of 2015, 3.8 percent of the U.S. adult population says they are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.
However, in a survey conducted May 6-10, Gallup asked: “Just your best guess, what percent of Americans today would you say are gay or lesbian?”
On average, Americans said it was 23.2 percent.
Only 9 percent said they thought it was less than 5 percent—the most accurate possible answer in the Gallup survey. 11 percent said it was 5 percent to less than 10 percent. 14 percent said it was 10 percent to 15 percent. 7 percent said it was 15 percent to less than 20 percent. 20 percent said it was 20 percent to 25 percent. 33 percent said it was more than 25 percent. And 6 percent had no opinion.
The mean of the answers was that 23.2 percent of Americans are gay, and the median was 20 percent.
“Americans perceive that more than one in five Americans are gay or lesbian, far greater than the actual rate as measured by self-reports on Gallup Daily tracking,” said Gallup’s Frank Newport in an analysis of the survey data.
“Some of the overestimation may reflect Americans’ lack of knowledge about social statistics and demography, which is supported by Americans’ historical tendency to overestimate the prevalence of other subgroups in the U.S. population,” said Newport. “The overestimation may also reflect prominent media portrayals of gay characters on television and in movies, even as far back as 2002, and perhaps the high visibility of activists who have pushed gay causes, particularly legalizing same-sex marriage.”
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