A very interested poll done by Gallup.com asked Americans to use their very best guess to estimate what percentage of Americans they think are gay or lesbian. The findings suggest that on average American adults estimate that 25% of Americans are gay or lesbian. Whoa, that’s an interesting stat, but I doubt it’s even close to accurate. More specifically, 52% estimated that at least 1 in 5 Americans are gay or lesbian, with 35% believing that it’s actually more like 1 in 4 Americans. Thirty percent believe that gays & lesbians account for less that 15%.
Despite this opinion poll, there isn’t much evidence to figure out how many people are actually gay or lesbian in the United States because there are too few representative surveys that ask people about their sexual orientation, or simply that people may not even wish to be open about it. That said…
Coincidently, Tyrell and I just filled out our Canadian Census Survey today. I guess we were a bit late sending it in (we only received it a couple weeks ago) as a woman came knocking on our door this morning asking us to fill it out right away – so we did. In the survey, we were in fact asked about our sexuality. The form asked what my relationship was to the person I was living with. The answer that I checked was “Common Law – Same Sex Partner” or something along those lines. It will be very interesting to see the results of the census. We’ll have a much better idea of how many gay & lesbian adults are living together in Canada, but still won’t know exactly how many people are gay. There wasn’t anywhere on the survey for someone who wasn’t in a relationship with someone living together to divulge their sexuality. Not to mention all the teens that are not as likely to tell their parents they are gay just yet.
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