Gallup’s latest Values and Beliefs poll has some interesting information regarding the views of the American people regarding the debate over “nature” versus “nurture”. What they found is that 47% of Americans believe that homosexuality is innate rather and 33% believe it is due to choice, upbringing or environment. As of two years ago, the public was evenly divided.
According to Gallup, the view has been unstable, but has been leaning towards it being innate (genetic or in utero hormones) beginning around 2006. A plurality of most subgroups that they polled found that nearly all subgroups hold the view that homosexuality is innate. The exceptions are Republicans, conservativies, and weekly church attenders.
The poll also found other positive trends for LGBT Americans:
Sixty-five percent of Americans believe gay or lesbian relations between consenting adults should be legal, numerically the highest Gallup has measured by one percentage point, but not materially different from what Gallup has measured for the past three years. From 1986-1988, only about one-third of Americans thought gay and lesbian relations should be legal.
Americans’ support for legal gay marriage has solidified above 50%.
Americans are much more likely to say they personally have become more accepting of gays and lesbians in the past few years (36%) than to say they have become less accepting (7%). The majority, 57%, say their views have not changed.
Currently, 75% of Americans say they have a friend, relative, or coworker who has revealed to them that he or she is gay. That is up from 58% in a 2009 Gallup poll, 37% in a 1998 Harris poll, and 24% in a 1985 Los Angeles Times poll.
Well, times are changing. Unfortunately, until the Republicans catch up with the fact that the times are changing, it will be difficult for the laws to change.