Despite Growing Support for Gay Marriage, Americans Divided on Attitudes Towards Homosexuality

Article ID: 604782

Released: 26-Jun-2013 10:30 AM EDT

Source Newsroom: University of Chicago

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Tom W. Smith, Director of the General Social Survey at NORC, an independent research organization at the University of Chicago, is available to discuss changing attitudes towards homosexuality. A recently released report on sexual morality finds that approval of same-sex marriage rose from 10.9% in 1988 to a record high of 48.4% in 2012. But even in 2012, the public remains very divided in its views of homosexuality. In 2012, 43.4% said homosexual sex was always wrong and 41.6% thought it was not wrong at all. Only 10.0% were in the middle saying it was either almost always wrong or wrong only sometimes. Thus 85% are at opposite ends and with just 10% in the middle and 5% saying they don’t know. On gay marriage in 2012, a plurality of 48.4% approve, but 38.7% disapprove and 13.0% neither approve nor disapprove or are unsure. Reports may call Tom Smith directly at 773-256-6288 or contact William Harms, 773-702-8356, w-harms@uchicago.edu


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