Hunter College LGB Poll – 1

Posted by on May 5, 2008 in Uncategorized

A report was just released titled the Findings from the Hunter College Poll of Lesbians, Gays, and Bisexuals: New Discoveries about Identity, Political Attitudes, and Civic Engagement. The authors are Patrick Egan, Murray Edelman and Kenneth Sherrill and it was funded by a grant to Hunter College from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.

The findings are from 768 lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) persons from a larger sample of respondents from a survey by Knowledge Networks, Inc. Respondents completed a 25-minute Internet survey on sexual identity and related issues. 

Based upon the design of the study, this poll appears to be fairly representative of those who identify themselves as LGB. Respondents were asked whether they consider themselves LGB, and 2.9% indicated that they considered themselves as such. It is possible that those who do not identify as LGB are underrepresented in this kind of design, as we know that there is a difference between public and private identity, and that some people neither publicly nor privately identify as LGB.   

Of the 2.9% who consider themselves LGB, 51.1% identified as lesbian, gay/homosexual, while 48.9% identified as bisexual. About two-thirds (68.4%) of those who identified as gay/homosexual or lesbian were male (and 34.7% were female), while about two-thirds (65.3%) of those who identified as bisexual were female (and 31.6% were male). This seems in keeping with the literature that suggests that bisexuality (or what we might refer to as “sexual fluidity”; see Lisa Diamond’s book by that title) is more common among females than males and that about twice as many males as females report a homosexual orientation (e.g., Edward Laumann and colleagues, The Social Organization of Sexuality).

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