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A recent survey of 1,003 registered voters in Omaha in Nebraska shows overwhelming support for a local ordinance protecting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination in employment. This support remains strong in both the Fourth and Sixth Council districts. Moreover, by an even more convincing margin, voters argue that this protection should be extended to all employees, rather than to only public employees who work for the city.

This memorandum summarizes the results of a survey of 1,003 Nebraska adults taken between March 9 and March 11, 2012 and includes an oversample of 342 and 372 voters in the 4th and 6th Council Districts, respectively. The survey was commissioned by Equal Omaha and executed by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research. It carries an overall margin of error of +/- 3.10 citywide, +/- 5.3 in the 4th Council District and +/-5.08 in the 6th Council District.

Key Findings

Strong support for an ordinance protection LGBT people in employment discrimination.

  • By better than a 2:1 margin (60 percent favor, 25 percent oppose), Omaha voters support the ordinance.
  • Moreover, 43 percent strongly support this measure, just 19 percent strongly oppose.
  • Support is even broader in the 4th Council District (68 percent favor; 47 percent strongly favor).
  • The Sixth District reflects the city as a whole (61 percent favor, 29 percent oppose).

Voters are more likely to support a council member who supports this ordinance.

  • Nearly half (50 percent) say this issue will make no difference in how they vote, but the remaining voters are more likely to support a candidate who supports this measure by a 25 to 20 percent margin.
  • In the 4th District, fully a third (32 percent) would be more likely to support a candidate (22 percent much more likely), while just 12 percent would be less likely (10 much less likely). The results in the 6th, again, mirror those in the rest of the city (24 percent more likely, 22 percent less likely).

Omaha voters reject half-measures of only protecting city employees.

  • A whopping 77 percent margin believe all employees should be protecting; just 4 percent believe this ordinance should extend only to public employees who work for the city of Omaha. Even voters indifferent to the ordinance as a whole cannot see the logic and justice in only protecting city employees.