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Most Still Oppose Religious Freedom Laws

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Mississippi and North Carolina are the latest states to adopt laws that allow a private business not to serve someone if it violates the business owner's religious beliefs, but critics contend that gay, lesbian and transgender customers will suffer. Most voters nationwide agree and still don’t want their state to adopt such laws.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 29% of Likely U.S. Voters favor a law in their state that would allow businesses to refuse service to customers for religious reasons. Sixty-four percent (64%) oppose a religious freedom law where they live. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The national telephone survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports on April 7 and 10, 2016. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Fieldwork for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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