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04/19/2007


Strong Support For Gay Marriage, Adoption In Developed Nations: Poll

A new poll released today from Ipsos on behalf of Reuters shows a majority support for marriage equality in developed nations:

Earth"73% of those in 16 countries support some form of legal recognition of same-sex couples – 52% support full marriage equality and 21% support some form of legal recognition but not marriage. The survey...finds that 14% are opposed to same-sex couples having any kind of legal recognition while 13% are unsure.

The survey was conducted with a sample of 12,484 adults aged 18-64 in the following 16 countries: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Norway, Poland, South Korea, Spain, Sweden and United States."

Reuters notes the poll's findings as pertaining to adoption:

"Nearly 60 percent of people polled thought gay couples should have the same rights as heterosexuals to adopt children and 64 percent thought same-sex couples were just as likely to raise children successfully."

Views on same-sex marriage appear to be closely linked to knowing someone who identifies as LGBT:

"Opposition to legal recognition or marriage of gays was highest in Hungary, South Korea, Poland and Japan, where 37 percent of people said they were unsure about how they felt.

"'What is common to Hungary, South Korea and Poland is that by and large they are the countries that have the lowest percentage of people who report having a relative, a colleague, or a friend who is gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender,' said [Nicolas] Boyon [an Ipsos senior vice president].

Three out of 10 people questioned said their attitude towards gay marriage had changed in the past five years, although they did not say how. Support for same-sex unions was highest among adults who had a relative, friend or colleague who is gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender (LGBT)."

The poll also found a correlation between support for same-sex marriage and involvement in social media and religion.  Those with a penchant for social media were more likely to be in favor of marriage equality when compared with those who were not as active online.  Conversely, those who identified with a religion were far less likely to support legal equality for gay couples.

Interestingly, in Argentina, where gay marriage is legal, only 48 percent supported same-sex marriage.

In the United States, the poll found 42 percent in support of same-sex marriage and an additional 23 percent favoring another form of legal recognition for same-sex couples.  These numbers are somewhat lower than the most recent Gallup poll which put support for marriage equality at 53 percent nationwide.

Pew Poll Finds LGBT Americans Feel More Accepted, Still Face Adversity

As reported earlier, the Pew Research Center recently published the results of its' first survey focusing solely on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender respondents. In addition to the information gleaned about the process of coming out, the survey asked a number of other questions of particular relevance to LGBT individuals. Interestingly, while a vast majority of respondents feel more accepted, they still face significant adversity, Time Magazine reports:

Arc-of-Social-Acceptance"Paul Taylor, executive vice president of the Pew Research Center, tells TIME, '9 in 10 of LGBT surveyed feel they have become more accepted in the past decade and just as many say they expect the acceptance to increase in the coming decade. In our business, when you see those numbers, that’s pretty dramatic. But that needs to be kept in perspective, because while these are the best of times, that doesn’t mean it’s the easiest time. Even in a time of feeling more socially accepted, fewer than 6 in 10 have told their mothers about their sexual orientation or gender identity and fewer than 4 in 10 have told their fathers–that suggests the complicated realms of their lives.'

While the survey indicated that the group as a whole is more more satisfied with the direction of the country than the general public, its members have frequently faced rejection and discrimination in the past. About 60% say they have been the target of slurs or jokes. 40% said they were rejected by a close friend or family member due to their sexual orientation or gender identity. 30% say they had been physically attacked or threatened, and 21% claim they have been unfairly treated by an employer.

Respondents felt bisexual women were the most accepted by society while transgender adults were the least. They also felt that lesbians were more readily accepted than gay men.

Among other results noted by researchers, the group surveyed showed a proclivity for political involvement:

"5 in 10 say they have both bought products made by a company that’s LGBT friendly and have refused to buy products from companies that were not. 3 in 10 have donated to politicians who support LGBT rights. Besides the hot political button of same-sex marriage, employment rights, HIV and AIDS prevention are also top issues they feel most strongly about."

In case you missed it, be sure to check out Time's stunning covers from this past March declaring, "Gay Marriage Already Won."


Pew Research Looks At The Realities Of The Coming Out Process

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Pew Research has a new, comprehensive survey that looks at the process of coming out - when and how it happens, how difficult it is, and what impact it has on relationships. Pew has also provided an interactive feature where you can filter data based on age, sexual orientation, and how long an individual has been open with their sexuality. 

From Pew:

Pew 3"Among those who have told a friend or family member about their sexual orientation or gender identity, the median age at which they did this was 20. There are modest differences on this measure by age group among gay men and lesbians. The median age at which gay men and lesbians younger than 30 say they first told a close friend or family member is 17. Among those ages 30 to 49, the median age is 20, and for those ages 50 and older, the median age is 21.

These age gaps may be related to the fact that younger adults who may not yet identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (but may in the future) would not qualify to be included in the survey. Therefore, by definition, these younger adults could not have waited until they were age 30 or older to tell someone they were gay or lesbian. Even so, these age gaps may reflect the changes that have taken place in society over the past decade or so. As the public has become more accepting of the LGBT population, it may be that gay men and lesbians feel more comfortable sharing their sexual orientation at an earlier age." 


Poll Shows Dramatic Shift in Support for Same-Sex Marriage in California: VIDEO

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A new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times reveals a massive shift in public attitudes toward same-sex marriage in California, the L.A. Times reports:

Prop8The poll found that 58% of the state's registered voters believe same-sex marriage should be legal, compared with 36% against, a margin of 22 points. When the same pollsters asked that question three years ago, 52% favored gay marriage and 40% opposed it, a 12-point spread.

Most national polls this year have found majority support, but only one of those surveys reported it as high as 58%. The average was roughly 51% in favor of gay marriage. As in the rest of the country, more women (63%) than men (52%) in California favor same-sex marriage.

Younger California voters also support gay marriage by larger margins than older voters, the poll found. Whereas 76% of voters ages 18 to 29 support legalizing the unions, only 52% of those ages 50 to 64 agree.

Still, the shifts among older voters are dramatic. Voters 65 and older are now almost evenly divided — 46% in favor, 47% against — compared with just three years ago, when seniors opposed gay marriage by 19 percentage points.

Says USC's Dan Schnur: "I have never seen a matter of public policy, in all my years in politics and government and academia, I have never seen an issue on which public opinion has shifted so quickly and so dramatically, as public opinions on the subject of same-sex marriage."

Watch Schnur talk about the results, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Poll: 72 Percent of Americans See Marriage Equality as 'Inevitable'

The percentage of Americans who believe same-sex marriage is "inevitable" has increased by 13% since 2004, a new Pew Research poll shows:

InevitableAs support for gay marriage continues to increase, nearly three-quarters of Americans – 72% – say that legal recognition of same-sex marriage is “inevitable.” This includes 85% of gay marriage supporters, as well as 59% of its opponents.

The national survey by the Pew Research Center, conducted May 1-5 among 1,504 adults, finds that support for same-sex marriage continues to grow: For the first time in Pew Research Center polling, just over half (51%) of Americans favor allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally. Yet the issue remains divisive, with 42% saying they oppose legalizing gay marriage. Opposition to gay marriage – and to societal acceptance of homosexuality more generally – is rooted in religious attitudes, such as the belief that engaging in homosexual behavior is a sin.

See the full results here.

In related news, a new Gallup poll concerning the moral attitudes of older Americans shows a dramatic shift in acceptance from the 55 and older population:

Acceptance of gay or lesbian relations among Americans aged 55 and older is now 25 points higher than it was in 2001. While Americans between the ages of 18 and 34 have consistently reported support for gay and lesbian relations at higher levels than older age groups, their support has also risen by 22 points in the past 12 years.

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Global Acceptance of Homosexuality: MAP

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A new study from Pew Research surveys the public on whether society should accept homosexuality:

The survey of publics in 39 countries finds broad acceptance of homosexuality in North America, the European Union, and much of Latin America, but equally widespread rejection in predominantly Muslim nations and in Africa, as well as in parts of Asia and in Russia. Opinion about the acceptability of homosexuality is divided in Israel, Poland and Bolivia.

Attitudes about homosexuality have been fairly stable in recent years, except in South Korea, the United States and Canada, where the percentage saying homosexuality should be accepted by society has grown by at least ten percentage points since 2007.

The survey also finds that acceptance of homosexuality is particularly widespread in countries where religion is less central in people’s lives. These are also among the richest countries in the world. In contrast, in poorer countries with high levels of religiosity, few believe homosexuality should be accepted by society.


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