Monday, June 04, 2012
The Very Loud Less Than Two Percent
On Saturday, InstaPundit linked to an article in The Atlantic titled Americans Have No Idea How Few Gay People There Are wherein the following may be read.
Surveys show a shockingly high fraction think a quarter of the country is gay or lesbian, when the reality is that it’s probably less than 2 percent…
Such a misunderstanding of the basic demographics of sexual behavior and identity in America has potentially profound implications for the acceptance of the gay-rights agenda. On the one hand, people who overestimate the percent of gay Americans by a factor of 12 seem likely to also wildly overestimate the cultural impact of same-sex marriage. On the other hand, the extraordinary confusion over the percentage of gay people may reflect a triumph of the gay and lesbian movement’s decades-long fight against invisibility and the closet.
After reading The Atlantic piece, I decided to do a bit of impromptu surveying myself, this weekend, and asked two separate groups of individuals, one a group of six (6), the other a group of ten (10), how many gay people there may be in the country. The highest percentage quoted was twenty percent (20%), and the lowest percentage quoted to me was around four percent (4%). Interestingly, when I quoted the numbers presented in The Atlantic piece, the individuals who estimated higher percentages of gay individuals in the population became somewhat combative, stating things such as the writer of the piece was lying, or that a substantial percentage of gay individuals were lying to those conducting the survey.
If the numbers The Atlantic provides in regards to the actual number of gay individuals are correct, and I think that they are, they are an excellent illustration of just how manipulated individuals can be by the politicians, and their primary mouthpiece, the mainstream media, no matter the subject being trumpeted.