Americans in the US say they identify as LGBTQ more than twice as many times as they did a decade ago, according to a new Gallup poll this week.
A record 7.1 percent of Americans identify as straight or straight, lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, up from 3.5 percent of Americans in 2012. Since the beginning of the survey, this figure has been steadily increasing.
The poll also found that 86.3% of Americans say they are straight or heterosexual, while 6.6% did not state their orientation.
An estimated 7.1 percent of all Americans currently self-identify as LGBTQ.
A record 20.8% of Gen Z Americans now identify as LGBTQ, according to a new Gallup poll released Thursday. Less than 3% of those born before 1965
Based on these results, Gallup estimates that among all US adults, 4.0 percent of Americans identify as bisexual, 1.5 percent as gay, 1 percent as lesbian, and 0.7 percent as transgender.
The number of Americans who identify as bisexual is much higher among the younger generation.
A Gallup poll found that nearly 21 percent of Gen Z adults identify as LGBTQ, almost double the 10.5 percent of Millennials. Nearly one in six LGBTQ Generation Z self-identifies as bisexual.
The survey also revealed a significant gap between the younger and older generations, with baby boomers accounting for 2.6 percent.
In addition to the generational split, the survey also revealed significant gender differences among the respondents.
According to the Gallup report, women are more likely than men to identify as bisexual, and men are more likely to identify as gay.
Prior to this year, the maximum percentage of Americans identifying as LGBTQ increased by 0.4 points between 2016 and 2017.
In previous years, Gallup did not ask respondents to indicate their exact sexual orientation, but only asked for yes or no answers in response to whether they were LGBTQ.
A record 7.1 percent of Americans identify as straight or straight, lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, up from 3.5 percent of Americans in 2012.
The results showed that approximately 20.8% of Generation Z Americans identify as LGBTQ.
A 2020 Gallup poll marked the biggest rise in the number of Americans identifying as LGBTQ.
A Gallup poll showed that the majority of LGBTQ Americans – 56% – identify as bisexual, as shown in the photo.
A record 15% of Generation Z Americans identify as bisexual, according to a new Gallup poll released Thursday. Less than 3% of those born before 1965
More than twice as many Americans in the US say they identify as LGBTQ than they did a decade ago, a trend led by Gen Z adults, results from a new Gallup poll released this week.
Tracking the number of LGBTQ Americans has been discussed in recent years, according to Gallup.
“Who exactly makes up the LGBT community and how this group should be assessed is the subject of some debate,” the organization wrote in its first survey in 2012.
“There are several ways to measure lesbian, gay and bisexual orientation, as well as transgender status. Sexual orientation can be assessed by measuring identity as well as sexual behavior and attraction.”
This came after earlier attempts to give a figure for the proportion of the population have now been called into question.
Alfred Kinsey’s famous study of male sexuality in the 1950s claimed that 10 percent of the US population was gay or lesbian, but his data collection methods, including tracking respondents in prisons, were criticized.
In 2011, Gary J. Gates of the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law published an “Atlas of Gays and Lesbians” which claimed the figure was closer to 3.8 percent, in line with Gallup’s results the following year.
“The main reason is that we don’t ask,” Gates told NPR about the uncertainty.
“We just don’t ask about it in the big federal surveys that are commonly used to count Americans, or to assess the health and well-being of Americans. These surveys, for the most part, do not include questions about sexual orientation or gender identity.”
The US Census Bureau does not ask respondents to indicate their sexual orientation, but does ask about living in same-sex households.
The American Community Survey has also historically not included questions about sexual orientation.
Earlier in 2015, Gallup found that Americans grossly overestimate the percentage of gays or lesbians in the population.
A poll they conducted that same year found that Americans believe that 23 percent of the population is gay or lesbian, whereas that year they found that only 3.8 percent of the adult population identified as LGBTQ.