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posted Friday, June 11, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 24
New Gallup poll shows historic shift in opinions
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New Gallup poll shows historic shift in opinions

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

Last week, Gallup released a remarkable report on Americans' evolving views on homosexuality.

According to the results of Gallup's annual Values and Beliefs survey, for the first time, the percentage of Americans who perceive "Gay and Lesbian relations" as morally acceptable has crossed the 50% mark. Fifty-two percent of respondents said Gay relationships were morally acceptable, while on 43% took issue - a new low.

In a noteworthy point, the Gallup poll suggests that the largest change in attitudes over the last four years has come from men - younger males in particular. Another first.

The survey also documented a decrease in opposition to Gay marriage this year, though 53% of Americans remain opposed.

On the other hand, support for the legality of Gay consensual relations has gone up for the second year in a row.

From the Gallup poll summary:

"There is a gradual cultural shift under way in Americans' views toward Gay individuals and Gay rights. While public attitudes haven't moved consistently in Gays' and Lesbians' favor every year, the general trend is clearly in that direction. This year, the shift is apparent in a record-high level of the public seeing Gay and Lesbian relations as morally acceptable. Meanwhile, support for legalizing Gay marriage, and for the legality of Gay and Lesbian relations more generally, is near record highs."

The Gallup Values and Beliefs survey is conducted each May.

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