There's a wide range of opinions on whether Ellen should be straight or gay

By EW Staff
Updated October 04, 1996 at 04:00 AM EDT


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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?*

Gay 15%
Straight 41%
Bisexual 10%
Asexual 10%
Don’t know/Refused to say 26%

Would you be personally offended if a lead character on a TV program were gay?

Yes 23%
No 72%
Don’t know/Refused to say 5%

Would you allow your kids to watch a TV show if its lead character were gay?

Yes 44%
No 41%
No children/Don’t know/Refused to say 15%

Is the trend toward more gay characters on TV good or bad?

Good 31%
Bad 44%
Neither/Indifferent 21%
Don’t know/Refused to say 4%

If the character Ellen came out of the closet, would viewership levels rise or fall? *

Rise 8%
Fall 40%
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.

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