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Friday, January 21, 2011

Gay, lesbian couples more confident about finances

By QMI Agency -

Gay and lesbian adults in the U.S. are more likely to be happy - even confident - about their financial future than heterosexual couples, according to newly released survey.
In fact, the group is roughly 50% more likely to be confident about the future than their heterosexual counterparts.
Roughly 27% of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transsexual (LGBT) adults in the U.S. said that they felt more financially secure than a year ago. That compares with only 19% of heterosexual adults, according to data provided by Harris Decima Interactive.
The same was true when it came to economic expectations for the coming year.
Approximately 35% of LGBT adults expected the situation to improve, and another 49% said it would stay the same. Meanwhile, 44% of heterosexual adults said it would stay the same and only 29% said it would improve.
Bob Witeck, CEO of Witeck-Combs Communications who commissioned the survey, said that everyone has faced hard decisions during the recession. But for some reason LGBT adults are remaining more optimistic about it than others.
"Same-sex couples and their families, in fact, have a more fragile safety net today under existing outdated laws and unequal policies. Nonetheless, they increasingly believe, more than others, that this recovery is becoming real and tangible."
The study surveyed 2,519 people in the U.S.


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