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Do people choose to be homosexual? (Demographic Patterns)

Please indicate your level of agreement with the following statements about homosexuals: People choose to be homosexuals. Results weighted by WEIGHT (Baylor Religion Survey, Wave 2, 2007)


Do people choose to be homosexual? by Age


18-29 years old30-44 years old45-59 years old60-74 years old75 years and olderTOTAL
Strongly disagree23.5%
63
19.8%
100
22.7%
102
22.9%
62
22.3%
27
21.9%
354
Disagree25.7%
69
25.7%
130
23.1%
104
25.1%
68
20.7%
25
24.5%
396
Agree15.7%
42
18.2%
92
26.9%
121
25.5%
69
22.3%
27
21.7%
351
Strongly agree22.4%
60
20.4%
103
14.2%
64
12.2%
33
9.1%
11
16.8%
271
Undecided12.7%
34
15.8%
80
13.1%
59
14.4%
39
25.6%
31
15.0%
243
Missing46134835
TOTAL 100.0%
268
100.0%
505
100.0%
450
100.0%
271
100.0%
121

1615



Do people choose to be homosexual? by Church attendance


NeverLess than once a monthLess than once a weekWeekly or moreMissingTOTAL
Strongly disagree31.6%
117
23.1%
106
19.4%
55
15.1%
73

4
22.0%
351
Disagree28.6%
106
29.7%
136
23.6%
67
17.1%
83

2
24.5%
392
Agree14.9%
55
21.4%
98
25.7%
73
24.9%
121

4
21.7%
347
Strongly agree7.6%
28
10.5%
48
13.7%
39
31.8%
154

3
16.8%
269
Undecided17.3%
64
15.3%
70
17.6%
50
11.1%
54

5
14.9%
238
Missing7957028
TOTAL 100.0%
370
100.0%
458
100.0%
284
100.0%
485

18

1597



Do people choose to be homosexual? by Education


Less than high schoolHigh school graduateSome college or vocational trainingCollege graduatePostgraduate work/degreeMissingTOTAL
Strongly disagree17.8%
21
16.3%
74
22.6%
135
25.1%
54
33.0%
66

4
22.1%
350
Disagree13.6%
16
26.5%
120
21.7%
130
28.8%
62
28.5%
57

10
24.3%
385
Agree24.6%
29
21.4%
97
22.9%
137
21.4%
46
17.5%
35

6
21.7%
344
Strongly agree23.7%
28
19.6%
89
17.9%
107
12.1%
26
10.0%
20

1
17.0%
270
Undecided20.3%
24
16.1%
73
14.9%
89
12.6%
27
11.0%
22

7
14.8%
235
Missing7121011031
TOTAL 100.0%
118
100.0%
453
100.0%
598
100.0%
215
100.0%
200

28

1584



Do people choose to be homosexual? by Political party


DemocratIndependentRepublicanOtherMissingTOTAL
Strongly disagree29.3%
172
25.7%
90
12.0%
74
32.4%
11

8
21.8%
347
Disagree30.1%
177
24.6%
86
20.0%
124
20.6%
7

1
24.8%
394
Agree16.8%
99
18.0%
63
28.8%
178
20.6%
7

3
21.8%
347
Strongly agree9.5%
56
16.0%
56
23.9%
148
14.7%
5

5
16.7%
265
Undecided14.3%
84
15.7%
55
15.3%
95
11.8%
4

5
15.0%
238
Missing8143016
TOTAL 100.0%
588
100.0%
350
100.0%
619
100.0%
34

22

1591



Do people choose to be homosexual? by Sex


MaleFemaleTOTAL
Strongly disagree16.5%
125
26.8%
230
22.0%
355
Disagree20.2%
153
28.2%
242
24.4%
395
Agree25.2%
191
18.5%
159
21.7%
350
Strongly agree21.4%
162
12.8%
110
16.8%
272
Undecided16.8%
127
13.6%
117
15.1%
244
Missing171633
TOTAL 100.0%
758
100.0%
858

1616



Do people choose to be homosexual? by Religion


ProtestantCatholicJewishNoneOtherMissingTOTAL
Strongly disagree16.8%
154
21.4%
74
33.3%
10
44.4%
80
24.0%
23

14
21.8%
341
Disagree21.4%
196
30.1%
104
40.0%
12
23.3%
42
29.2%
28

12
24.4%
382
Agree23.6%
216
22.0%
76
6.7%
2
13.3%
24
25.0%
24

8
21.9%
342
Strongly agree22.3%
204
8.7%
30
6.7%
2
8.9%
16
11.5%
11

9
16.8%
263
Undecided15.8%
144
17.7%
61
13.3%
4
10.0%
18
10.4%
10

6
15.1%
237
Missing197100027
TOTAL 100.0%
914
100.0%
345
100.0%
30
100.0%
180
100.0%
96

49

1565



Notes

The Baylor Department of Sociology received a three-year grant from the John M. Templeton Foundation, to conduct a nationally representative multi-year study of religious values, practices, and behaviors. Wave 2 of the Baylor Religion Survey was collected in 2007 and includes a deep selection of questions related to religious behaviors, beliefs and belonging. Special topic modules examine race and religion, and personality.