How Many Homosexuals? Americans Overestimate their Numbers

When asked how many homosexuals there are, Americans give inflated answers.

What about you? How many homosexuals do you think there are?

Gallup reports,

The American public estimates on average that 23% of Americans are gay or lesbian, little changed from Americans’ 25% estimate in 2011, and only slightly higher than separate 2002 estimates of the gay and lesbian population. These estimates are many times higher than the 3.8% of the adult population who identified themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender in Gallup Daily tracking in the first four months of this year.

Just think about that. Twenty-three percent is almost a fourth of the population. Only four years ago people on average did think a fourth of the population was homosexual!

Where would they get the idea that so many people are homosexual?

According to Wikipedia,

White Americans are the racial majority, with a 77.7% share of the U.S. population. Hispanic and Latino Americans amount to 17.1% of the population, making up the largest minority. African Americans are the largest racial minority, amounting to 13.2% of the population.

So Americans think there are more homosexuals than Hispanics and more Homosexuals than African Americans.

That is preposterous, yet that is what Americans commonly believe.

The widely off-the-mark nature of Americans’ estimates is underscored by the finding that in the most recent update, from May 6-10, only 9% of Americans estimate that the gay and lesbian population is less than 5% — where Gallup’s tracking figure would put it — while at the other end of the spectrum, 33% estimate it as more than 25%.

What could account for such inaccurate opinions?

The Gallup report suggests that general unfamiliarity with demographic data is the culprit, but why would such ignorance lead to such highly inflated answers? Why didn’t anyone say they only make up half a percent of the population?

I have three answers to suggest: the media, education, and politics.

In the media, TV dramas constantly feature a cute homosexual or a homosexual couple. News stories constantly feature homosexuals and tell us sympathetic stories about them. One would think they are everywhere based on the media. Even a reputedly conservative magazine would rather publish their propaganda than actually produce conservative essays that conservatives want to read.

In education, misinformation abounds. Even if they don’t directly teach inflated numbers, they spend so much time on the issue that, again, they give the impression that (as they say) “everybody is doing it.”

In politics, these people have seriously upended the way marriage has been defined in most of human history. How could any minority cause such a great political revolution if they were not a sizable minority? Again, one would think that they must be very numerous based on their apparent influence.

Our culture is being driven by a delusion.