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Majority of Utah Voters Oppose Anti-Discrimination Law

New public opinion poll erodes support for proposed legislation

Salt Lake City, UT (November 25, 2013) — A new poll conducted by Libertas Institute shows that a majority of Utah voters oppose punishing business owners or landlords for discriminating in employment and housing. 750 random Utah voters were contacted and administered a questionnaire. The margin of sampling error is ±3.57%.

Key findings include:

  • 86% of Utah voters believing that individuals have the right to do business with whomever they choose.
  • 66% believe that business owners should be able to employ whomever they wish based on whatever criteria they establish.
  • 71% oppose punishing landlords for discriminating against persons based on their religion.
  • Only 31% of Utah voters support punishing business owners or landlords for discriminating against gay or transgender persons. 55% oppose.
  • 44% believe that anti-discrimination laws violate property rights. 34% believe that they do not.

Click here for additional questions and breakdown of all results based on political affiliation, age, and religion.