HRC poll shows most Americans disagee with Lott's attack on gays

WASHINGTON -- Anti-gay comments made by Majority Leader Trent Lott earlier this month do not reflect the majority opinion in this country says a new poll released today by the Human Rights Campaign.

"Senator Lott might be scoring points with religious political activists on the right, but his views don't reflect those of a majority of American voters who believe in fairness and equality," said David M. Smith, communications director and senior strategist for the Human Rights Campaign.

The survey conducted by Lake Snell Perry asked 931 registered voters: Trent Lott, the Republican Majority Leader, recently made a statement that said homosexuality is a sin and compared it to alcoholism and kleptomania. Others say that homosexuality is inherent and not a choice, and that all Americans should be treated equally and fairly by lawmakers. Which of these statements comes closer to your own opinion: 24% said homosexuality is a sin and a disease; 55% said that homosexuality is inherent and that all Americans should be treated fairly; 14% said neither or both; 4% said don't know; and 3% refused to answer.

These numbers cut across partisan lines with 62% of democrats, 57% of independents and 41% of republicans saying that homosexuality is inherent and gay Americans should be treated equally. 18% of democrats, 21% of independents, and 35% of republicans saying that homosexuality is a sin.

"Strong majorities of democrat and independent voters and a plurality of republican voters do not share Lott's views," said Smith, who oversees polling for HRC. "This poll suggests that there could be a price to pay with key middle ground voters who object to the Republican Congressional leadership's stepped up campaign year attacks on gay people," cautioned HRC political director Winnie Stachelberg.

The Human Rights Campaign is the largest national lesbian and gay political organization, with members throughout the country. It effectively lobbies Congress, provides campaign support, and educates the public to ensure that lesbian and gay Americans can be open, honest, and safe at home, at work, and in the community.

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