A new public poll has reported that the majority of Americans support NBA player Jason Collins’ coming out earlier this month. According to the Washington Post poll, 68 percent support Collins.
“Not even in my wildest dreams could I have imagined all this – the response,” Collins said in an interview with the Washington Post. “You’re always thinking, ‘I’m going to make this happen in my own words, on my own terms, and I’ll deal with the repercussions and consequences.’ And it turns out the country was really ready for something like this. It’s been remarkable.”
The poll asked a random sample of 1,008 adults nationally from May 1 to 5 with a sampling error margin of “plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.”
Collins became the first gay athlete in a major American sport to come out after he published his first-person essay in Sports Illustrated.
In the same poll, “very conservative” Americans supported him with some 45 percent.
In terms of demographics supporting Collins’ decision, it was 67 percent of men compared to 69 percent of women. Additionally, 63 percent of non-college graduates and 58 percent of senior citizens supported Collins.
Democrats were the largest political group to support Collins with 81 percent while some 52 percent of Republicans support the NBA player.
Since coming out, Collins has received national support from President Barack Obama and other politicians as well as his peers from the sports industry despite homophobic remarks made on social media.