, Illinois Eagle Editor |
WASHINGTON — A survey released Tuesday found that while two-thirds of Americans oppose allowing businesses to refuse service because of a religious objection, a growing number think it should be allowed. The survey from PRRI found that the biggest jump in religious based refusals involved LGBTQ people, going from 16% to 30%. Even with the jump, 67% oppose to such a police with gay and lesbian people and 68% oppose it for transgender people. However, nearly one-quarter (24%) of Americans think it is permissible to deny service to atheists if doing so violates their religious beliefs, compared to 22% with reference to Muslims, 19% to Jews, and 15% to African Americans. “A small but increasing number of Americans think it should be permissible to turn away customers based on their sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, or race,” said PRRI CEO and founder Robert P. Jones in a press release.