HRC Opens Up On Poll, Sort Of

In light of recent controversy, HRC offered The Advocate some more details on their self-affirming ENDA survey, including the exact wording of its questions.

The move comes after journos Cindy Laird and Rex Wockner sent HRC president Joe Solmonese a letter asking for some answers:

We feel that HRC, as the largest LGBT organization in the country, owes a complete and full explanation about its poll, in the interest of transparency to its members and to LGBT people in general.

Mr. Luna (HRC communications director Brad Luna) told Ms.Laird that they were not HRC members and were not subscribers of The Advocate.

If this is the case, how were they identified as LGBT? It is our educated guess that most polling organizations, to get a random sample of 500 LGBT people, would need to telephone in the neighborhood of 10,000 Americans at random.

If this is the case, how could this be done in one day, October 26th, as reported in The Advocate story.

That detail’s definitely cleared up by The Advocate, which says the Knowledge Networks, Inc conducted survey took place October 2-5. Read the results after the jump…

From The Advocate:

The poll, a random survey of 514 LGBT Americans conducted by Knowledge Networks, Inc., of Menlo Park, Ca., asked participants two questions concerning ENDA. The first asked which of the following three statements was closest to reflecting their views:

A. National gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender civil rights organizations should oppose this proposal because it excludes transgender people.

B. National gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender civil rights organizations should support this proposal because it helps gay, lesbian, and bisexual workers and is a step toward transgender employment rights.

C. National gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender civil rights organizations should adopt a neutral stance for this proposal because while it helps gay, lesbians, and bisexual workers, it also excludes transgender people.

Of those surveyed, 67.7% agreed with statement B, while 15.8% agreed with statement A, 12.8% agreed with statement C, and 3.6% did not answer.

The second question asked people the following: “This proposal would make it illegal to fire gay, lesbian, or bisexual workers because of their sexual orientation. This proposal does NOT include people who are transgender. Would you favor or oppose this proposal?”

In response, 59.1% said they favored the proposal and felt strongly about it, 15.4% said they favored it but did not feel strongly about it, 15.1% opposed it and felt strongly about it, 8.8% opposed it but did not feel strongly about it, and 1.6% did not answer.

Of the 514 people the poll surveyed, 246 respondents identified as male, 262 identified as female, five identified as female-to-male transgender, and one person identified as male-to-female transgender. The poll was conducted between October 2-5. The margin of error was not available at the time of this posting.