WASHINGTON, D.C., April 3, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Ned Flanders is considered one of the most likable characters on television. But according to a new poll, more people may have a positive view of Big Gay Al.
The public views homosexuals more favorably than evangelical Christians, according to a new survey of 1,000 likely 2016 voters.
According to the survey, 53 percent hold a favorable view of homosexuals. Only 42 percent said the same about evangelicals.
Homosexuals had fewer detractors than fundamentalists, as well. In all, 28 percent viewed evangelicals unfavorably, 10 percent more than those who held a similar view of homosexuals.
The polling firm and its funding have raised some eyebrows.
The survey was performed by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research (GQRR), which was founded by Stanley Greenberg, President Bill Clinton's pollster during the 1992 presidential election.
It was commissioned by its client, the homosexual lobbying group Human Rights Campaign.
GQRR has worked for a host of liberal-progressive, pro-abortion, or homosexual groups or individuals.
Its advocacy group clients feature such left-wing groups as Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, NARAL Pro-Choice America, EMILY'S List, Pro-Choice Voter, MoveOn.org, Center for American Progress, the Kellogg Foundation, and the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals.
Aside from Clinton, prominent political clients include Al Gore, Walter Mondale, Rahm Emanuel, Bill Richardson, former Senator John Corzine, and numerous national and state Democratic party affiliates.
The newest poll found a cavernous gap on the issue of redefining marriage between people of faith and those who never attend church. Nearly two-thirds (63 percent) of people who attend religious services weekly oppose same-sex “marriage.” However, even more (84 percent) of those who never attend support same-sex “marriage.”
GQRR did not release demographic information about whether their poll was scientifically representative of the United States as a whole. However, national media portrayals of homosexuals have been overwhelmingly positive, while its coverage of evangelicals has typically been hostile.
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The Family Research Council and the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission declined to comment on this story.