Tuesday, April 14, 2015

New Poll shows Folks in Indiana are not Happy about RFRA

After all of the drama and foolishness, the people of Indiana have spoken... They're not here for RFRA.

Buzzfeed sheds the light of this poll:

A poll released Monday by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research found that 85% of Hoosiers say business owners should not be allowed to turn away a customer based on sexual orientation or gender identity, even if an owner says homosexuality violates their religious beliefs. Just 12% said a business should be allowed to turn away customers due to religion — 3% did not know or refused to answer.

Gov. Mike Pence had signed a religious freedom law amid furor on April 2.
“Pence and his supporters in the legislature may have imagined this issue energizing their base without any real collateral impact outside of a minority of LGBT activists,” says a polling memo issued by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research. “They could not have been more wrong.”

At issue was a Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which LGBT advocates said could be used by businesses to turn away clients. After an outcry and a plea from Pence to “fix” the bill, legislators approved an amendment that said the law could not be raised as a defense in discrimination cases.

Even despite those revisions, the pollsters found 53% of voters have an unfavorable view of Pence for signing it into law, compared with 38% who had a favorable impression of him approving the law. Meanwhile, 75% of voters said the law and the controversy around it was bad for business.

Overall, the poll also found Pence had a 39% favorability rating to 38% unfavorability rating.

The poll was conducted from April 7–9.

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