We know what the gay community and Reverend Wildmon think. But what about the rest of America? We commissioned an ICR poll to find out.
What do you think is the sexual orientation of the lead character on Ellen?*
Don’t know/Refused to say 26%
Would you be personally offended if a lead character on a TV program were gay?
Don’t know/Refused to say 5%
Would you allow your kids to watch a TV show if its lead character were gay?
No children/Don’t know/Refused to say 15%
Is the trend toward more gay characters on TV good or bad?
Don’t know/Refused to say 4%
If the character Ellen came out of the closet, would viewership levels rise or fall? *
No change 46%
Don’t know/Refused to say 6%
From a telephone survey of 1,003 adults taken for Entertainment Weekly Sept. 19-22, 1996, by International Communications Research. Sampling error is plus or minus 3.1%
* Asked of those who have watched Ellen.