Americans Still Greatly Overestimate U.S. Gay Population

Americans Still Greatly Overestimate U.S. Gay Population, by Justin McCarthy.

U.S. adults estimate that nearly one in four Americans (23.6%) are gay or lesbian. Gallup has previously found that Americans have greatly overestimated the U.S. gay population, recording similar average estimates of 24.6% in 2011 and 23.2% in 2015. In each of the three polls in which Gallup has asked this question, a majority of Americans estimated this population to be 20% or greater. …

In 2002, Gallup asked Americans to estimate the proportion of men and women who are gay or lesbian, respectively. The results were nearly identical, with an average estimate that 21% of men and 22% of women were gay. …

U.S. women estimate that about three in 10 Americans (29.7%) are gay or lesbian — the highest of any key subgroup, and much higher than men’s perceptions (17.4%). …

Among political partisans, Democrats and independents estimate that about a quarter of Americans are gay or lesbian, while the average approximation among Republicans is a bit lower (18.3%).

Nothing that a steady diet of media misrepresentation cannot achieve!

Sex researchers say the true figures are that about 3 – 4% of males are gay (above 5% the disease load gets too high, limiting the numbers) and about 1% of females.