Poll: Utahns Want Legislature to Pass Statewide Non-Discrimination Law

Even though they remain solidly against same-sex marriage, a majority of Utahns think the Utah Legislature should pass a statewide law banning discrimination against gays and lesbians.


A new Zions Bank/UtahPolicy.com poll conducted by Dan Jones and Associates finds 59% of Utahns favor a statewide bill to prohibit employment and housing discrimination based on sexual preference. Just 29% say they oppose such a move.

Those numbers come in the wake of another poll showing 61% of Utahns oppose same-sex marriage.

The Utah Legislature has refused to pass such a measure for the last few sessions, even declining to allow Sen. Steve Urquhart’s SB100 a public hearing during the 2014 session.

Legislative leadership declined to hear the bill in the wake of the Amendment 3 ruling last December.

About 20 local Utah governments have passed ordinances banning such discrimination.

Urquhart tells UtahPolicy.com he’s confident his non-discrimination bill will be heard and passed in 2015.

The survey was conducted August 12-14 among 400 likely voters statewide. It has a margin of error of +/- 4.9%.