New Poll: 4.5% of U.S. Identify as LGBT, Support for Same-Sex Marriage at All-Time High

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(EDGE) A new poll from Gallup found that 4.5 percent of Americans say they identify as part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. New research also found that support for same-sex marriage has reached an all-time high.

According to Gallup's poll, 4.5% of U.S. citizens in 2017 said they identify as part of the LGBT community. In 2016, the same poll found 4.1% of Americans identified as LGBT. Back in 2012, when Gallup first started tracking the measure, 3.5% of Americans identified as LGBT. 

Gallup's LGBT estimates are based on those respondents who say "Yes" when asked, "Do you, personally, identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender?" Extrapolation to the latest census estimate of adults 18 and older in the U.S. suggests that more than 11 million adults identify as LGBT in the country today.

The data adds: "The expansion in the number of Americans who identify as LGBT is driven primarily by the cohort of millennials, defined as those born between 1980 and 1999."

There's also been a rise of millennials who identify as LGBT. In 2016, 8.1% of millennials identified as LGBT compared to 2016 when 7.3% felt the same way. In 2012, 5.8% of millennials identified as LGBT.

"By contrast, the LGBT percentage in Generation X (those born from 1965 to 1979) was up only .2% from 2016 to 2017," Gallup writes. "There was no change last year in LGBT percentage among baby boomers (born 1946 through 1964) and traditionalists (born prior to 1946)."

In another study, Gallup found that support for marriage equality is at an all-time high among Americans. The data says two in three Americans - or 67% - are in favor of same-sex couples tying the knot. 


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