About 56 percent of Republican voters support the proposed U.S. Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would ban discrimination in the workplace based on gender identity and sexual orientation.
The polling found that overall 68 percent of voters support ENDA, which has passed a Senate committee and could be voted upon this fall.
The poll was conducted by TargetPoint Consulting’s Alex Lundry, who, according to the Human Rights Campaign, is “one of the country’s leading experts on voter analytics who has worked for several Republican presidential candidates and Fortune 10 companies.”
Lundry, in a news release, said, “ENDA is common-sense legislation that rings true with the overwhelming majority of voters, including Republicans. The American people believe in the values of hard work and the Golden Rule – these are the reasons why support for ENDA is off the charts.”
Lundry found majority support in each state for a federal law.
The poll also found eight in 10 Americans believe it’s already illegal to discriminate against people because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
“The idea that employers would judge their employees on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity instead of performance and hard work is so offensive to the basic sensibilities of Americans that an overwhelming majority already think it is illegal,” said Jeff Cook-McCormac, an advisor to the American Unity Fund. “Voters strongly feel that merit matters most and they are shocked to learn that discrimination is still legal and that is why we see broad bipartisan support to pass ENDA this year.”
Citizens are expected to lobby for ENDA’s passage on Capitol Hill on Oct. 3.