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Homosexuality as an Acceptable Lifestyle

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(There are a few other provisions that might be in the bill. Which of the following requirements do you think are acceptable as part of the larger immigration reform bill. For each one that I read, please choose either 'Yes, I would find that acceptable' or 'No, I would not support that'.)...Allowing gay and lesbian immigrants to sponsor their partners for residency and legal status
America's Voice/Latino Decisions Poll, [May, 2013]




(Next, I'm going to read you a list of issues. Regardless of whether or not you think it should be legal, for each one, please tell me whether you personally believe that in general it is morally acceptable or morally wrong.) How about...gay or lesbian relation
Gallup Poll, [May, 2013]




Now I'd like you to think about how your attitudes toward gays and lesbians might have changed in the past few years. Have you become--more accepting of gays and lesbians, have your attitudes not changed, or have you become less accepting of gays and lesbians?
Gallup Poll, [May, 2013]



Should Homosexuality Be Legal?

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Do you think gay or lesbian relations between consenting adults should or should not be legal?
Gallup Poll, [Jul, 2013]




(There are a few other provisions that might be in the bill. Which of the following requirements do you think are acceptable as part of the larger immigration reform bill. For each one that I read, please choose either 'Yes, I would find that acceptable' or 'No, I would not support that'.)...Allowing gay and lesbian immigrants to sponsor their partners for residency and legal status
America's Voice/Latino Decisions Poll, [May, 2013]




Do you think gay or lesbian relations between consenting adults should or should not be legal?
Gallup Poll, [May, 2013]



Nature or Nurture?

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In your view, is being gay or lesbian--something a person is born with, or due to factors such as upbringing and environment?
Gallup Poll, [May, 2013]




In your view, is being gay or lesbian something a person is born with, or is homosexuality due to factors such as upbringing and environment?
%
45     Something a person is born with
36     Due to factors such as upbringing and environment
10     Both (Vol.)
2     Neither (Vol.)
6     Don't know
2     Refused
Gallup/USA Today Poll, [Nov, 2012]




In your opinion, do you think that homosexuality is something that people are born with, something that develops because of the way people are brought up, or is it just the way that some people prefer to live?
%
41     Something that people are born with
13     Something that develops because of the way people are brought up
35     Just the way that some people prefer to live
11     Don't know/Refused
Note: Asked of Form 1 half sample
Pew Research Center for the People & the Press/Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life Religion & Politics Survey, [Jun, 2012]



Discrimination and Equality

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There is a bill in Congress to outlaw workplace discrimination against gay men, lesbians and transgender people. Do you support or oppose this bill?
Sample: National registered voters
Quinnipiac University Poll, [Nov, 2013]




(I'd like to get your views on some issues that are being discussed in the country today.) All in all, do you strongly favor, favor, oppose, or strongly oppose...laws that would protect gay and lesbian people against job discrimination?
Public Religion Research Institute Religion & Politics Tracking Survey, [May, 2013]




(Please tell me how much discrimination there is against each of these groups in our society today.) How about...gays and lesbians? Would you say there is a lot of discrimination, some, only a little, or none at all?
Pew Research Center for the People & the Press Political Survey, [May, 2013]



Gays in the Military

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(Do you feel each of the following is generally friendly, neutral or unfriendly toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people?)...The US military
Sample: National gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered adults
Pew Social Trends Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Survey, [Apr, 2013]




In December 2010 Congress approved and President (Barack) Obama signed legislation overturning the ban on gays serving openly in the military. Now some in Congress want to restore the ban on gays serving openly. Which would you prefer--restore the ban on gays serving openly in the military or continue the current policy allowing gays to serve openly in the military?
%
24     Restore the ban on gays serving openly in the military
69     Continue the current policy allowing gays to serve openly in the military
7     Don't know/Refused
United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll, [May, 2012]




As you may know, the US (United States) House of Representatives is likely to consider a bill that would ban gay marriage ceremonies at bases and other military facilities. What is your opinion--do you think gay marriage ceremonies should or should not be allowed at military facilities?
United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll, [May, 2012]



Gay Marriage

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(Now, I'd like to rate your feelings toward some people and organizations, with one hundred meaning a very warm, favorable feeling, zero meaning a very cold, unfavorable feeling, and fifty meaning not particularly warm or cold. You can use any number from zero to one hundred, the higher the number the more favorable your feelings are toward that person or organization. If you have no opinion or never heard of that person or organization, please say so.)...gay marriage...Give...gay marriage a rating, with 100 meaning a very warm, favorable feeling, zero meaning a very cold, unfavorable feeling, and 50 meaning not particularly warm or cold. (If Don't know, ask:) Would you say you are unable to give an opinion of...gay marriage or have you never heard of...Gay marriage?
Sample: National likely voters
Democracy Corps Poll, [Oct, 2013]




(Now, I'd like to rate your feelings toward some people and organizations, with one hundred meaning a very warm, favorable feeling, zero meaning a very cold, unfavorable feeling, and fifty meaning not particularly warm or cold. You can use any number from zero to one hundred, the higher the number the more favorable your feelings are toward that person or organization. If you have no opinion or never heard of that person or organization, please say so.)...Gay marriage...Give...gay marriage, with 100 meaning a very warm, favorable feeling, zero meaning a very cold, unfavorable feeling, and 50 meaning not particularly warm or cold. (If Don't know, ask:) Would you say you are unable to give an opinion of...gay marriage, or have you never heard of...gay marriage?
Sample: National voters
Democracy Corps/Women's Voices. Women Vote Poll, [Oct, 2013]




(Now please read the following statements about important issues and debates in society. On many issues there are two opposing points of view. Some people agree entirely with the first position (1), others entirely with the second position (7). And, of course, some other people may lean more towards one or the other even if they do not completely agree with either. Please read the two statements below and indicate which statement more closely reflects your own views.)...1-Government should protect the traditional institution of marriage as between one man and one woman. 7-Government should not prohibit gay and lesbian people from marrying because of their sexual orientation.
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26     1-Government should protect the traditional institution of marriage as between one man and one woman
6     2
4     3
16     4
6     5
6     6
33     7-Government should not prohibit gay and lesbian people from marrying because of their sexual orientation
3     Refused
Public Religion Research Institute American Values Survey, [Sep, 2013]



From the Archives


(Now I'd like to ask you some questions about homosexuals--or gays and lesbians as they are sometimes called.) Do you think that homosexual couples should be legally permitted to adopt children?
Time/CNN/Yankelovich Partners Poll, [Jun, 1994]




Do you think Americans have become more tolerant of homosexuals in the last 10 years, less tolerant, or has American tolerance for homosexuals stayed about the same in the last 10 years?
Great American TV Poll #7, [Mar, 1991]




(Which of following topics, if any should be included (in sex education) for elementary school students?)...Homosexuality
Sample: Public school teachers
Gallup Report Special Survey, [Apr, 1984]




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answered Friendly when asked "(Do you feel each of the following is generally friendly, neutral or unfriendly toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people?)...The entertainment industry"
Pew Social Trends Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Survey, [Apr, 2013]


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