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Homosexuality (Demographic Patterns)

What about sexual relations between two adults of the same sex? Is always wrong, almost always wrong, sometimes wrong, not at all wrong? Results weighted by WTCOMB (General Social Survey 2012 Cross-Section and Panel Combined)


Homosexuality by Age


18-2930-4445-5960-7475 or olderMissingTOTAL
Always wrong26.7%
152
39.5%
340
45.2%
404
49.5%
288
64.2%
131

12
42.3%
1315
Almost always wrong3.2%
18
2.8%
24
3.7%
33
2.4%
14
2.0%
4

0
3.0%
93
Sometimes wrong8.4%
48
7.2%
62
5.9%
53
6.9%
40
4.9%
10

1
6.8%
213
Not wrong at all59.1%
337
46.8%
403
39.4%
352
34.7%
202
20.1%
41

10
42.9%
1335
Don't know1.8%
10
2.9%
25
4.6%
41
4.5%
26
5.4%
11

2
3.6%
113
No answer0.9%
5
0.8%
7
1.1%
10
2.1%
12
3.4%
7

0
1.3%
41
Missing36946243329211101667
TOTAL 100.0%
570
100.0%
861
100.0%
893
100.0%
582
100.0%
204

25

3110



Homosexuality by Worship attendance


Less than once a yearOnce a yearSeveral times a yearOne to three times a monthNearly every weekEvery week or moreMissingTOTAL
Always wrong24.7%
238
26.6%
110
38.3%
129
43.6%
205
63.7%
79
68.3%
556

9
42.2%
1317
Almost always wrong2.1%
20
3.6%
15
1.2%
4
7.2%
34
0.8%
1
2.7%
22

0
3.1%
96
Sometimes wrong8.1%
78
7.0%
29
11.0%
37
7.4%
35
0.8%
1
4.2%
34

0
6.9%
214
Not wrong at all60.4%
582
58.7%
243
44.2%
149
37.0%
174
26.6%
33
19.7%
160

3
42.9%
1341
Don't know3.3%
32
3.9%
16
3.3%
11
3.0%
14
6.5%
8
3.9%
32

2
3.6%
113
No answer1.5%
14
0.2%
1
2.1%
7
1.7%
8
1.6%
2
1.2%
10

1
1.3%
42
Missing5512271562586142901682
TOTAL 100.0%
964
100.0%
414
100.0%
337
100.0%
470
100.0%
124
100.0%
814

15

3123



Homosexuality by Political ideology


Extremely liberal or liberalSlightly liberalModerateSlightly conservativeExtremely conservative or conservativeMissingTOTAL
Always wrong19.9%
95
28.2%
93
37.7%
428
48.2%
211
67.7%
425

75
41.6%
1252
Almost always wrong2.7%
13
2.7%
9
2.8%
32
3.0%
13
4.1%
26

1
3.1%
93
Sometimes wrong6.5%
31
5.8%
19
9.2%
104
7.3%
32
4.5%
28

1
7.1%
214
Not wrong at all67.7%
323
60.3%
199
43.8%
497
37.7%
165
19.4%
122

38
43.4%
1306
Don't know2.1%
10
2.7%
9
4.9%
56
3.2%
14
2.9%
18

10
3.6%
107
No answer1.0%
5
0.3%
1
1.7%
19
0.7%
3
1.4%
9

5
1.2%
37
Missing27021161426027201627
TOTAL 100.0%
477
100.0%
330
100.0%
1136
100.0%
438
100.0%
628

130

3009



Homosexuality by Race


WhiteBlackOtherTOTAL
Always wrong39.7%
933
58.9%
280
36.3%
114
42.3%
1327
Almost always wrong2.7%
63
3.4%
16
5.1%
16
3.0%
95
Sometimes wrong6.6%
155
5.3%
25
10.8%
34
6.8%
214
Not wrong at all45.9%
1079
28.6%
136
41.1%
129
42.8%
1344
Don't know3.6%
84
2.9%
14
5.4%
17
3.7%
115
No answer1.5%
35
0.8%
4
1.3%
4
1.4%
43
Missing12852291691683
TOTAL 100.0%
2349
100.0%
475
100.0%
314

3138



Homosexuality by Religion


ProtestantCatholicJewishNoneOtherMissingTOTAL
Always wrong57.8%
847
32.2%
240
12.1%
7
18.8%
110
44.6%
120

3
42.4%
1324
Almost always wrong2.8%
41
5.4%
40
0.0%
0
1.7%
10
1.1%
3

0
3.0%
94
Sometimes wrong5.7%
84
8.8%
66
5.2%
3
7.3%
43
6.7%
18

0
6.8%
214
Not wrong at all29.5%
433
46.8%
349
81.0%
47
69.6%
408
37.9%
102

6
42.8%
1339
Don't know3.1%
45
4.7%
35
0.0%
0
1.9%
11
8.9%
24

0
3.7%
115
No answer1.1%
16
2.1%
16
1.7%
1
0.7%
4
0.7%
2

1
1.2%
39
Missing7593853037213301679
TOTAL 100.0%
1466
100.0%
746
100.0%
58
100.0%
586
100.0%
269

10

3125



Homosexuality by Sex


MaleFemaleTOTAL
Always wrong46.9%
674
38.5%
653
42.3%
1327
Almost always wrong3.3%
48
2.7%
46
3.0%
94
Sometimes wrong8.4%
121
5.5%
93
6.8%
214
Not wrong at all37.3%
537
47.5%
806
42.8%
1343
Don't know3.1%
44
4.2%
71
3.7%
115
No answer1.0%
14
1.6%
28
1.3%
42
Missing7928911683
TOTAL 100.0%
1438
100.0%
1697

3135



Notes

The General Social Surveys (GSS) have been conducted by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) annually since 1972, except for the years 1979, 1981, and 1992 (a supplement was added in 1992), and biennially beginning in 1994. The GSS are designed to be part of a program of social indicator research, replicating questionnaire items and wording in order to facilitate time-trend studies. This data file has all cases and variables asked on the 2012 GSS. There are a total of 4,820 cases in the data set but their initial sampling years vary because the GSS now contains panel cases. Sampling years can be identified with the variable SAMPTYPE.




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