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Poll reveals support for LGBT inclusion in Arizona non-discrimination law

(Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune)

PHOENIX — With the bill HB 2586 — which will update the non-discrimination laws in Arizona to include sexual orientation and gender identity in housing, employment and public accommodations — currently under consideration in the Arizona House of Representatives, a new poll was created to see how Arizonans felt on the issue.

The three-question poll, created by ONE Community Foundation and OH Predictive Insights, included 400 likely General Election voters and 404 self-identified conservatives. The three questions surrounded around LGBT discrimination in three different areas: employment, public services and housing.

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The results of the three questions provided a lot of insight as both sides showed strong support for policies that protect members of the LGBT community against discrimination.

“This poll demonstrates what we’ve known for quite some time – treating people fairly and with respect isn’t a partisan issue. General Election voters overwhelmingly support equal protection policies, and well over half of self-identified conservatives support equal treatment policies as well,” co-founder and president of ONE Community and ONE Community Foundation Angela Hughey said.

“Arizonans understand that equal treatment is not only the right thing to do, but if we want to build a sustainable economy and attract and retain the very best then we must be open for business to everyone on the same terms.”

Out of the three poll questions, policies that protect gay and transgender people from discrimination in employment situations received the biggest support as 77.8 percent of General Election voters and 62.3 percent of self-identified conservatives voted in favor of the policies.

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