Homosexuality in Black and White, as the Darkness becomes Light…..

Are Homosexual Relations Always Wrong, or Not Wrong at All? 1973-2012 GSS

Are Homosexual Relations Always Wrong, or Not Wrong at All? 1973-2012 GSS

Wow! This is what polarization looks like–and how social change creates polarization. In 1973, when the GSS first asked whether or not people thought “homosexual sex relations” were “Always Wrong” “Almost always wrong” “sometimes wrong” or “not at all wrong” Over 70% of Americans said “always wrong” and only 11% said “not at all wrong.” And, on those two extremes–there wasn’t much change until 1993. In fact, “always wrong” blips upward a tad during the AIDS epidemic (before totally heterosexual* Magic Johnson turned up with HIV). But “always wrong” starts to take a dive in the 1990s, and “not at all wrong” gains support—such that in 2012 the General Social Survey finds no statistically discernible difference in the proportion choosing each—45.8% think homosexuality is always wrong, while 44.6% think it is not wrong at all. Notice also¬† that the “middle” shrunk–going from 14.2% saying “ok, maybe” to 9.6% giving the waffle. But, generally, this was always pretty polar—you either thought homosexuality was ok, or you thought it was always wrong. There’s a much bigger “middle” for issues like premarital sex. Still, quite a shocker to see both camps so evenly split…..

3 Responses to “Homosexuality in Black and White, as the Darkness becomes Light…..”

  1. Staffan Says:

    I wonder if this is people changing their minds, or maybe an influx of Hispanics, given the previous statistics on Catholics supporting gay marriage.

  2. How America Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Gays - Hit & Run : Reason.com Says:

    […] at the wonderfully-named Iranian Redneck blog, Darren Sherkat highlights some fascinating data from the General Social Survey. The chart covers public opinion from 1973 […]

  3. How America Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Gays | Content Curated By Darin R. McClure & a few photos Says:

    […] at the wonderfully-named Iranian Redneck blog, Darren Sherkat highlights some fascinating data from the General Social Survey. The chart covers public opinion from 1973 […]

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