In addition to a plurality who now approve of same-sex marriage, Americans overwhelmingly support basic civil liberties and freedom of expression for gays and lesbians, in contrast to sharp division on such issues in the s. It went from 11 percent approval in to 46 percent incompared to 40 percent who were opposed, producing a narrow plurality in favor for the first time. The report is based on findings of the latest General Social Survey, conducted in with a cross sample of more than 2, people.
By Hannah Fingerhut Nearly a year ago, the U. Supreme Court issued an unprecedented ruling that determined same-sex couples had a constitutional right to marry, a decision that legalized same-sex marriage throughout the country. A decade ago, the balance of opinion was reversed: See a slideshow illustrating changing attitudes on same-sex marriage.
And as was the case a year ago, there remains a substantial divide between partisans on the issue.
Yet there are key differences within the two parties as well. Views on gay marriage also vary by age, education and religious affiliation. The March survey finds a familiar pattern in views of same-sex marriage across age categories: Among those with higher levels of education, there is widespread support.
By contrast, those with a high school degree or less education are split on the issue: Views also differ across religious groups, as well as by frequency of religious service attendance. But there are differences on the issue among religious and partisan groups. Some religious groups have become more accepting of homosexuality over time while others remain steady.
However, Protestant groups continue to have different views of this issue. By contrast, a large majority of white mainline Protestants hold the view that homosexuality should be accepted by society, and this share also has increased over time: Views among Catholics have shifted modestly over the past decade: When it comes to differences among partisans on whether homosexuality should be accepted by society, there has been a persistent point gap between Republicans and Democrats over the course of a decade.
Though slightly fewer independents say the same, they have closely mirrored Democrats on this question over the past decade. Republicans today are somewhat more likely than they were a year ago to say homosexuality should be accepted by society.
Up until a year ago, a majority of Republicans thought homosexuality should be discouraged by society, but views have since become more mixed.Homosexuality is still a controversial topic in the United States, but polls and surveys regarding its moral acceptability or the legalization of same-sex marriage show an obvious trend towards acceptance and tolerance of the .
Japanese and Filipino Americans have the highest rate of acceptance of homosexuality (6-in) while Korean Americans are least accepting (only about 40%). Chinese Americans born in the U.S. accept homosexuality more so than those born outside of the U.S.
Views of societal acceptance of homosexuality. Today, a 63% majority say homosexuality should be accepted by society, a share that also has grown over the past few decades.
Fewer (28%) say homosexuality should be discouraged. But there are differences on . Views of societal acceptance of homosexuality. Today, a 63% majority say homosexuality should be accepted by society, a share that also has grown over the past few decades.
Fewer (28%) say homosexuality should be discouraged. But there are differences on the issue among religious and partisan groups. Global Acceptance of Homosexuality There is broad acceptance of homosexuality in North America, the European Union, and much of Latin America.
However, rejection of homosexuality is equally widespread in predominantly Muslim nations and in sub-Saharan Africa, as well as in parts of Asia and in Russia.
Acceptance of Homosexuality My name is Jacqueline Timothy, I am currently in year 12 at Kildare Catholic College and am studying Society and Culture.
For my Personal Interest Project i have chosen to research the changing acceptance of homosexuality through generations.