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January 15, 2017

New Study Shows Younger Gays Want Monogamous Relationships



                                                                       


As I spent my single-again social days meeting guys I liked but to be told interested but into hook ups only, not into relationships. This let me into going without it even though donating blood was not my primary intention like the guy on the UK.

 I felt cheap sleeping in different beds or bringing strangers to mine knowing I probably will not see that person again. I knew those days were over for me. Ever since the days of AIDS I felt compelled to be with someone even though alarms were going on that I was may be making a mistake. But I had fooled around long enough and many people like me were dead so I thought I will really try to make a relationship work. That takes two! After those days were spent and after 9 years and a couple of start ups I was certain I would rather take my chances with the wrong guy on a relationship that be alone and dependent on cruising eyes and hook up dates over the net. 

II have change!  I no longer consider a relationship that important but neither being out there like a piece of meat for people to touch and decide wether is good for the night supper. I have other priorities and believe what ever happens, happens. I no longer “actively”look and I would not be with someone just to have a warm body next to me.

However it’s been my understanding younger guys were interested into hook ups mainly but I was nicely surprised to read about this particular survey.
AG

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In a previous study we interviewed 86 long-term male couples who were in mutually consensual non-monogamous relationships. The purpose was to describe what ‘successful’ non-monogamy might look like and to identify helpful behaviors, mecha- nisms, and perspectives. Because we required cou- ples to be together 8+ years, couples skewed older, with the average age being 50 years old.
This current Study targets gay men from 18 – 40 years old. We’ve enlarged the scope of the Study to include monogamous, as well as non-monog- amous couples, in order to get more data about preferences of respondents in this age group. Al- though most of the questions and focus are on respondents who are currently coupled, we also polled younger single men on certain questions, particularly those pertaining to preferences for mo- nogamy or non-monogamy.
Study Objectives
  • Identify the prevalence and attitudes about mo- nogamy and nonmonogamy in the younger gay male population
  • Describe existing monogamous and non-monog- amous couples in terms of viability, relationship health, what works and what’s challenging
  • Identify to what degree gay marriage is desired by younger gay men and the degree to which marriage is associated with monogamy
  • Provide findings that bring greater awareness and information to younger generations of gay men as they make decisions about their relationships
Methodology
The study consisted of two different online surveys and 30 telephone interviews.
Quantitative Survey
Initially, we conducted an online survey which we advertised on Facebook in September, 2014. (See Quantitative Survey Questions in the Appendix). The Facebook referrals came from diverse parts of the USA, both urban and small town environs and their responses served as our primary quantitative data. We had the following respondents in the FACEBOOK CO- HORT:
  • ○  Singles — 242
  • ○  Monogamous Couples — 290
  • ○  Non-Monogamous Couples — 48
    Since we had so few non-monogamous couples respond to the Facebook ad, we also, placed an ad in Grindr (a gay male sex hook-up app) in late September, 2014. We had the following respondents in the Grindr COHORT:
    Singles — 328
    Monogamous Couples — 42
    Non-Monogamous Couples — 79
    Because we assumed that the Grindr audi- ence skewed toward non-monogamy and the population was urban (Seattle, San Francisco, Portland) we were selective about how we used the data. We added the data from non-mo- nogamous couples responding to the Grindr survey to data from non-monogamous couples responding to the Facebook survey for purpos- es of better understanding non-monogamous
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Choices: The Perspectives of Younger Gay Men on Monogamy, Non-Monogamy and Marriage • Blake Spears and Lanz Lowen © 2016 1
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couples. This gave us 127 non-monogamous couples. We purposely omitted the data from Grindr singles and monogamous couples in most of our analysis.
Qualitative Survey
  • ○  632 monogamous couples, of which 161 completed the written comments
  • ○  152 ‘monogamish’ couples, of which 45 completed the written comments
  • ○  48 non-monogamous couples, of which 16 completed the written comments
• Participants answered the open-ended ques- tions that pertained to their ‘orientation toward monogamy.’
Interviews
• We conducted follow-up interviews with 30 re- spondents that volunteered by self-identification at the end of the second Facebook survey. In- terviews averaged 30 minutes and provided us with additional examples, perspectives and the ability to profile a small number of couples. We interviewed:
  • ○  15 participants involved in a monogamous relationship
  • ○  5 participants involved in a ‘monogamish’ relationship
  • ○  10 participants involved in a non-monoga- mous relationship
As we were analyzing the Facebook and Grin- dr data, we noticed there were a significant number of couples who described themselves as monogamous, even though they had ‘three- ways’ and/or occasional sex with ‘outsiders.’ We were curious about this, and decided to conduct a second survey in October, 2014. The survey, which primarily consisted of open-end- ed questions (See Qualitative Survey Questions in the Appendix), was conducted online using a FACEBOOK advertisement.
In this survey we only enlisted participants who were in relationships (no singles).
page4image19576We instructed participants to identify as:
Strictly monogamous
Monogamous, but held ‘loosely’— ‘monon- gamish’
Non-monogamous
We had the following number of respondents:
• •

Study Population


Single
242
N/A
Monogamous
290
632
Non-monogamous
127*
48
“Monogamish”
N/A
152
Total
576
853

*Includes Grindr cohort 

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September 17, 2015

Boys Who Like Boys [UK Survey* Where do they learn to have sex?Do they know PrEp?]



                                                                        
pic: etsy.com

Access to useful and relevant information about sex, relationships and HIV at a young age is crucial to HIV prevention; this is particularly important for men who have sex with men (MSM) who are at greater risk of acquiring HIV. Where young MSM source this information will influence their understanding and their ability to make informed decisions which support their sexual health and wellbeing.

Despite this, little is known about where young.
MSM learn about sex, relationships and HIV and how they feel about the information they receive. This knowledge gap is of concern, given that in 2013 new HIV diagnoses among MSM in the UK reached a record high.

Among younger MSM (aged 15 to 24), HIV diagnoses have doubled in 10 years. This increase is partly due to the fact that more MSM are testing for HIV but also because rates of HIV transmission remain high.

Young MSM are also more likely to experience a range of other health issues3, for example, poor mental health and problematic drug and alcohol use. These factors not only impact on individual well-being but have also been associated with HIV transmission risk behavior.

For this reason NAT (National AIDS Trust) carried out a survey of young MSM asking them where they looked for information about sex, relationships and HIV and how helpful they found the information they received. The survey also looked at respondents’ knowledge of HIV and experience of sex and relationship education in school. With over 1,000 respondents, ‘Boys who like boys’ is the largest survey of this kind ever conducted in the UK.

This report provides a summary of the survey’s
key findings as well as a series of recommendations to improve information, advice and support for young MSM.

The online survey was designed by NAT after extensive background research and consultation with academics and professionals working with young MSM. It was piloted with a group of young MSM accessing an LGBT support service in Brighton.

The online survey method was chosen as the most cost-effective way to reach a large number of the target population. This approach also allowed respondents to be anonymous which was particularly important considering the perceived sensitivity of the topics covered and the young age of the targeted population.

The survey was promoted between April and June 2014 through a broad range of channels (both offline and online) including social networking apps and websites, Facebook advertisements, the LGBT media, and organizations and services working with young people throughout the UK.

Survey eligibility

To be eligible to take part, respondents had to identify as male (including trans men), be aged between 14 and 19, and be attracted to men. This included men who are attracted to women as well as men.4

Survey demographics

Twenty seven percent of respondents were aged 14 to 15, 48% were aged 16 to 17 and 25% were aged 18 to 19 (see graph 1). Eighty three percent of respondents were from England, 8% from Scotland, 5% from Wales, and 4% from Northern Ireland (see graph 2). The majority of participants identified as white (91%) with 8% identifying as either black, mixed or another ethnicity.
Survey analysis
This report is a summary of key findings from completed surveys only. Over 3,500 people began the survey but many were ineligible to take part based on the eligibility criteria. Nearly 3,000 people were eligible and began the survey, but only 1,096 completed it. Those who were ineligible or did not complete the survey were excluded from the analysis. We disaggregated the data by age groups and by how respondents identified to see if there were any differences between these groups.


Age of respondents
18-19 14-15 25% 27%
16-17 48%

Regional distribution of respondents

Scotland
8%
N. Ireland
4%
83%
Respondents: 961
England
Wales 5%

 Due to the low number of respondents who identified as trans men, we were unable to disaggregate the data by gender identity to explore whether there were any differences between trans men and cisgender men. We recognise that trans men may have specific as well as similar needs, and this requires more targeted and tailored research. However, many of the survey’s findings will be relevant to all those who identify as male, including trans men.

Sexual orientation and sexual identity
over a third of survey respondents stated that they were attracted to both men and women.

Fifteen percent of survey respondents identified as something other than gay or bisexual, with 10% identifying as straight / heterosexual and 5% identifying as ‘something else’.

Respondents who identified as straight / heterosexual were significantly less likely to have looked for all types of information, advice or support.

Sex and relationships education (Sre) at school
three quarters of survey respondents had not received any information, advice or support about same-sex relationships and attraction in SRE.

A third had not received any information on HIV transmission and safer sex in SRE.
Over two-thirds had not received any information on HIV testing.

Bullying and discrimination

Over half (55%) of survey respondents had experienced bullying and discrimination because of their sexual orientation.

Of those who had, 99% had been bullied or discriminated against by a pupil at school and over a third (39%) had been bullied or discriminated against by a teacher or another adult at school.
three quarters had been bullied or discriminated against by someone on-line (including apps, forums or social media).

Where do young MSM look for information?

Over half of survey respondents had not looked anywhere for information, advice or support about HIV.

Being too embarrassed was a common reason selected for not looking for information on each topic.
Websites with information and advice and gay lifestyle / community publications were very common sources for all topics of information. The majority of respondents rated them as helpful or very helpful.

Pornography was the most common source where respondents looked for information about enjoyable sex. A notable proportion of respondents rated pornography as helpful or very helpful.

A teacher or another adult at school, and someone at a sexual health clinic, were both common sources where respondents looked for information about HIV. the majority of respondents rated these sources as helpful or very helpful.

When respondents were asked how they would like to receive information about HIV in the future, the results changed, with a gP being the most common choice.
A notable number of respondents also looked for information from people they knew, such as a friend, brother or sister, or a boyfriend or casual partner.

What types of information would young MSM value more of?
nearly three quarters of respondents (73%) would value more information about relationships and being attracted towards other guys.

Over two thirds of respondents (68%) would value more information about ways to have sex that you enjoy with another guy.

Over half of respondents (53%) would value more information about being bullied or treated unfairly because you’re attracted towards other guys.

 
hIv knowledge

Over a quarter of survey respondents (27%) did not know or were not sure that ‘HIV can only
be passed on through semen, vaginal and rectal fluids, blood or breast milk’.

Almost a third of survey respondents (29%) did not know or were not sure that ‘You cannot get HIV through any kind of kissing, because saliva does not pass on HIV’.

Nearly three quarters of survey respondents (71%) did not know or were not sure that ‘If you think you have put yourself at risk of getting HIV you can take a drug called PEP, which can prevent HIV infection if taken within 72 hours.’

Sixty per cent of survey respondents did not know or were not sure that ‘Guys who have sex with other guys are recommended to have an HIV test at least once a year’.

Seventy five per cent of young MSM did know that ‘In the UK, it is against the law to treat anyone unfairly, based on their sexual orientation. For example, because you are a guy who is attracted towards other guys’.

Source:

National AIDS Trust: Boys Who Like Boys
by
James Hanson
and
Lord Norman Fowler
As Secretary of State for Health in 1986, I was responsible for the first campaign to educate the British public about HIV. Now, nearly thirty years on, access to information about HIV, sex and relationships still remains vital to prevention.Young MSM are also more likely to experience a range of other health issues3, for example, poor mental health and problematic drug and alcohol use. These factors not only impact on individual well-being but have also been associated with HIV transmission risk behaviour.For this reason NAT (National AIDS Trust) carried out a survey of young MSM asking them where they looked for information about sex, relationships and HIV and how helpful they found the information they received. The survey also looked at respondents’ knowledge of HIV and experience of sex and relationship education in school. With over 1,000 respondents, ‘Boys who like boys’ is the largest survey of this kind ever conducted in the UK.This report provides a summary of the survey’skey findings as well as a series of recommendations to improve information, advice and support for young MSM.
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Public Health England. (2014), HIV in the United Kingdom: 2014 Report: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/377194/ 2014_PHE_HIV_annual_report_19_11_2014.pdf2 Public Health England. Prevention Groups HIV data tables – Table 9: HIV diagnosed MSM seen for HIV care by age: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/hiv-data-tables3 Department for Health. (2007), Reducing health inequalities for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people – briefings for health and social care staff – Briefing 3: Young lesbian, gay and bisexual people: http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20130107105354 / http://www.dh.gov.uk/prod_consum_dh/groups/dh_digitalassets/@dh/@en/documents/digitalasset/dh_078355.pdfMetro (2014), Youth Chances Summary of First Findings: The Experiences of LGBTQ young people in England: http://www.youthchances.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/YC_REPORT_FirstFindings_2014.pdf

March 10, 2015

Gay Marriage Public Support at an ALL Time HIGH



                                                                               
 
Support for gay marriage has risen to an all-time high in the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, reinforcing it as one of the fastest-moving changes in social attitudes of this generation.
 The new survey found that 59% of Americans support allowing same-sex marriage, nearly double the 30% support reported in 2004.
Fred Yang, the Democratic pollster who conducted the survey with Republican Bill McInturff said public opinion about gay marriage is changing at a much more rapid rate than did the nation’s attitudes toward interracial marriage, which now is supported by 87% of Americans.
Support has grown markedly for gay marriage among Hispanics, women and people who lack college degrees, among other demographic groups. Opposition among conservatives has lessened: Some 35% of conservatives supported gay marriage in March, up from 26% in April, 2013.
Among Republicans, 40% support gay marriage, up from to 27% two years ago.
 Support for gay marriage continued to run highest — at 74% –among Democrats and people ages 18-34.
The findings help explain why same-sex marriage is receding in prominence as a political issue, even among Republicans. Some likely Republican presidential candidates have tried to defuse or sidestep the issue by, for example, deferring to states to set marriage policy.
However, the issue still poses some risk to GOP candidates facing a spirited presidential primary. Among core Republican voters — the party’s most committed followers — opposition is far stronger, with only 29% saying they support gay marriage.
When Republican primary voters were asked in the new survey how their view of candidates would be affected by support for gay marriage, 50% said it would make them less favorable to candidates, 19% said it would make them more favorable.
The survey of 1,000 adults was conducted March 1-5. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points. Margins of error for subgroups are larger.
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August 2, 2014

Gay community Content Fed Survey numbers on sexual orientation is flawed


 “They want to make us disappear, why not use a (0) number of us and be done with it” (adamfoxie blog)  

                                                                         
                                                            

The Gay community is distressed over the results of the first large-scale federal survey measuring sexual orientation in the United States, which last month reported that less than 3 percent of the population identifies as gay, lesbian or bisexual.
They contend it is a gross undercount and are particularly upset because they worked for years to get sexual orientation added to the 57-year-old National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), the government’s premier measure of Americans’ health status and behaviors. Now, the activists worry that the results will reduce the urgency of their causes and give fodder to their political foes.
“The truth is, numbers matter, and political influence matters,” said Scout, director of the nonprofit CenterLink Network of LGBT Equity, who goes by only one name. “If we really are 2 percent versus 4 percent, it means people are going to say, ‘okay, I’m only going to care half as much,’” he said.    
Scout and others believe that the survey, which is administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is flawed. They point to other surveys, including some scholarly papers and less prominent government studies, that peg the number at closer to 4 percent. The CDC is investigating why its figures, particularly for bisexuals, differ from those in the other surveys.                                  

The influential NHIS, which queried about 35,000 adults last year, found that 2.3 percent of the adult population identified as having a same-sex attraction, with 1.6 percent labeling themselves as gay or lesbian and 0.7 percent identifying as bisexual. Another 1.1 percent responded that they were “something else,” did not know the answer, or declined to say, and 96.6 percent said they were straight.
“What’s interesting is comparing that number with public perception,” he added. “The average person thinks the percentage is much higher, probably because of the high profile that entertainment, news media and other influential sources have given homosexuality in recent years.”
Data collection has long been a priority of the gay rights movement, which has struggled with a lack of detailed information about the community’s contours even as it has made extraordinary strides in accomplishing its most high-profile goal — promoting same-sex marriage.
The few scholarly surveys that have tried to size up the gay population typically found that the number of people who identified as gay, lesbian or bisexual is about 3.5 to 4 percent, with about half labeling themselves bisexual. The overall proportion rises when the question is adjusted to ask not about identity but about sexual behaviors, attractions or experiences.
There are broad misconceptions about the numbers, however. Many Americans believe the proportion of U.S. gays to be 1 in 10 — a false figure promoted in the 1960s, drawn from a book by sex researcher Alfred Kinsey. The polling organization Gallup has found that a majority of Americans actually believe the proportion is even higher, closer to 25 percent. For such a respected survey as the NHIS to produce such a small number is a blow, said Ellyn Ruthstrom, president of the Bisexual Resource Center in Boston. She noted that the percentage of bisexuals identified in the survey is particularly low compared with other surveys.
 “It’s just going to make it harder for us when we’re going out and talking to people about the bisexual population,” she said. “We have a real hard time already with people not taking the bisexual identity seriously.”
The NHIS was a top priority for gay rights groups — more so, even, than the Census, which does not ask about sexual orientation — because it is used to guide federal decisions on health care. Studies have shown that gays are more likely than straight people to smoke, and bisexuals experience particular disparities on a variety of measures.
Some activists believe that the survey would have yielded more candid results had the questions been asked indirectly or more discreetly.
The survey was conducted through series of in-person interviews in people’s homes. Interviewers took verbal responses and entered them into a laptop. On sexual orientation, they asked, “Which of the following best represents how you think of yourself?’’ Respondents were given the option, depending on their sex, to respond as gay or lesbian, straight, bisexual, “something else,” or “I don’t know the answer.”
For example, the 2013 National Adult Tobacco Survey, a larger but less prominent CDC study, interviewed respondents exclusively over the phone. The results more resembled what gay rights groups had expected. It found that 3.5 percent of Americans considered themselves gay, lesbian or bisexual, with 1.9 percent labeling themselves gay or lesbian and 1.6 percent identifying as bisexual.
The researchers found no difference in the results using the two methods, said James Dahlhamer, a health statistician with the CDC. The agency is investigating why the NHIS results are so different from those of other surveys, he said.
“There was a lot of testing that went into the front end in terms of the development of the question, but we are always striving to improve our questions,” he said.
The NHIS still offers valuable insight on health issues, advocates said. But the top-line figure for the percentage of gays, which is what grabbed headlines, prompted some soul-searching. One activist is asking a provocative question: Should the gay rights movement stop focusing so much on its numbers?
“There’s a saying within the Beltway that ‘you don’t count if you’re not counted,’ and I really contest that,” said Shane Snowdon, director of health and aging for the Human Rights Campaign. “We would deserve protection if our numbers were a fraction of what they are in the NHIS.”
Sandhya Somashekhar is a health reporter for the Washington Post.

June 11, 2014

A New Washington Post poll a milestone for gay civil rights


                                                                               

The latest ABC News/Washington Post poll released today on same-sex marriage, shows most Americans overall, 56 percent, support allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally, not significantly different from the all-time high, 59 percent, three months ago. Thirty-eight percent are opposed. The poll conducted by Langer Research Associates, was conducted by telephone May 29-June 1, in English and Spanish, among a random national sample of 1,002 adults, including landline and cell-phone-only respondents.
Seventy-seven percent of adults under age 30 - vs. just half as many seniors - support marriage equality. The polling data shows ideology and a vast age gap mark public attitudes.
Federal courts have handed down rulings in favor of gay marriage since the high court found part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional a year ago. Gay marriages now are legal in 19 states and Washington, D.C. Despite the flurry of court action, the issue's not on the front burner in this year's midterm elections: A third of Americans say gay marriage is important to their vote preferences, last on a list of eight issues. By contrast, 84 percent call the economy a top concern, and it's about seven in 10 apiece for the deficit, the new health care law and "the way Washington is working."

This, from a new Washington Post poll, is a milestone for gay civil rights:
Regardless of your own preference on the issue, do you think that the part of the U.S. Constitution providing Americans with equal protection under the law does or does not give gays and lesbians the legal right to marry?
Does: 50
Does not: 43
This is significant because it goes beyond the question of whether people support legal gay marriage. While we’ve seen a major cultural shift on that question — today’s Post poll finds 56 percent in support — the general idea of legal gay marriage can co-exist with some states keeping it illegal. But now support for a Constitutionally protectedright to gay marriage has hit 50 percent.
In recent months, state laws banning gay marriage have been falling like dominoes, largely because of the Supreme Court’s decision overturning the Defense of Marriage Act. As gay rights advocates point out, SCOTUS’s ruling in United States v. Windsor stopped short of declaring a Constitutional right to gay marriage, but it paved the way for gay marriage bans to be overturned on the grounds that they violate equal protection clause, in places like Utah, Oklahoma, and Virginia.
Many advocates expect that one of the many outstanding cases will find its way to the Supreme Court soon enough. SCOTUS is expected to weigh public opinion in making its next decision. Polling like the above suggests rapid evolution in public attitudes on the core Constitutional questions here, which could make a broader ruling more likely.
“This is a highly significant number,” gay rights advocate Richard Socarides tells me. “The Supreme Court came right up to the edge in Windsor, stopping short of declaring a federally protected right to gay marriage, but most people think it is now ready to do so. This poll shows the country is ready for it. This poll and others like it to come will help lay the groundwork for a Supreme Court decision in the next 18 months holding that there is a Constitutional right to marriage equality.”
And once again, Republicans and conservatives are alone on this question. While 50 percent of independents and 54 percent of moderates say the Constitution’s equal protection language gives gays and lesbians the legal right to marry, only 34 percent of Republicans and 29 percent of conservatives say the same.

June 2, 2014

New Gallup Survey: New Record Highs in Moral Acceptability of Gay Relations



                                                                             


Premarital sex, embryonic stem cell research, euthanasia growing in acceptance

(by Rebecca Riffkin)

 The American public has become more tolerant on a number of moral issues, including premarital sex, embryonic stem cell research, and euthanasia. On a list of 19 major moral issues of the day, Americans express levels of moral acceptance that are as high or higher than in the past on 12 of them, a group that also encompasses social mores such as polygamy, having a child out of wedlock, and divorce.
Moral Acceptability of Various Issues, May 2014
These 19 issues fall into five groups, ranging from highly acceptable to highly unacceptable. Overall, 11 of the 19 are considered morally acceptable by more than half of Americans. Ninety percent of Americans believe birth control is morally acceptable, putting it into the "highly acceptable" category, which has little moral opposition -- the only such issue among the 19. Nine of the other 10 issues with majority acceptance can be put into a "largely acceptable" category, as they have smaller majorities considering them morally acceptable and sizable minorities that consider them morally wrong. Moral agreement with doctor-assisted suicide, though at the majority level this year, is separated from disagreement by fewer than 10 percentage points, and so this issue is considered "contentious."
Solid majorities of Americans consider seven of the issues morally wrong. Four of these -- extramarital affairs, cloning humans, polygamy, and suicide -- are considered morally wrong by more than 70% of Americans and fall into the "highly unacceptable" group. Three other issues fall into the "largely unacceptable" category, as smaller majorities of Americans consider them morally wrong, and at least three in 10 consider them morally acceptable.
Abortion receives neither majority support nor majority disapproval, making it the most contentious issue of the 19 tested. The current split is similar to what Gallup measured last year, but is a more even division than the four prior years when at least half said it was morally wrong.
Gallup has tracked Americans' views on the moral acceptability of 12 of these issues annually since 2001 and the rest annually since 2002 or later. These data are from an overall question asked each year as part of Gallup's Values and Beliefs poll, the latest of which was conducted May 8-11, 2014.
Americans' views on the morality of many of these issues have undergone significant changes over time. For example, acceptance of gay and lesbian relations has swelled from 38% in 2002 to majority support since 2010. Fifty-three percent of Americans in 2001 and 2002 said sex between an unmarried man and woman was morally acceptable, but this year it is among the most widely accepted issues, at 66%. Similarly, fewer than half of Americans in 2002 considered having a baby outside of wedlock morally acceptable, but in the past two years, acceptance has been at or near 60%.
Additionally, a few widely condemned actions, such as polygamy, have become slightly less taboo. Five percent of Americans viewed polygamy as morally acceptable in 2006, but that is now at 14%. The rise could be attributed to polygamist families being the subject of television shows -- with the HBO TV show "Big Love" one example -- thus removing some of the stigma.
Republicans and Democrats Divided on Moral Acceptability of Several Issues
Republicans, independents, and Democrats have differing views of the morality of several issues. Democrats are more likely than Republicans to consider issues like divorce, gambling, medical research using embryos, and having a baby outside of wedlock morally acceptable. But Republicans are more likely than Democrats to see wearing fur, the death penalty, and medical testing on animals as morally acceptable. Independents tend to fall in the middle of the two groups.

April 3, 2012

The First LGTB Survey in Europe

The survey asks respondents to 'make their experience count'                                                                 


Gay, bi and transgender adults from around the EU and Croatia are being asked to take part in the first European LGBT survey of its kind.
The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights launched the survey on the LGBT experience of life in member states today.
It is hoped the results will support the development of equality policies for gay and trans people in the European Union and form an agenda for years to come.
The Agency said national and European policy makers, as well as non-governmental organisations, would be able to better target their advocacy strategies and activities to tackle discrimination against the gay and transgender communities across Europe.
The survey asks a range of questions about LGBT people’s experiences including:
    Personal circumstances
    Public perceptions and responses to homophobia and/or transphobia
    Discrimination
    Rights awareness
    Safe environment
    Violence and harassment
    The social context of being an LGBT person.
The Agency said the survey will remain completely anonymous, with no data on participants and their sessions being logged in any way. The survey is operated by the survey firm Gallup.
The European LGBT Survey depends on the participation of as large and diverse a group of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans respondents from each country as possible to build up an accurate picture.
In addition to filling in the survey, participants are being asked to email it, sharing it in social media to encourage others to take part.
The survey has Facebook pages both for participants in the UK andacross the European Union, and a Twitter account at@EU_LGBT_Survey.
To learn more or to take the survey, which should take around 15 minutes, follow this link: http://lgbtsurvey.eu.
The anonymous survey is open to all gay, bi and transgender people above the age of eighteen living in the EU and Croatia.
by  

March 12, 2012

Latest: By 41% to 34%, Americans Think Separation Of Church And State Should Be Absolute



By 41% to 34%, Americans Think Separation Of Church And State Should Be Absolute

(Week of 3/3/2012) For the most part, Americans want to draw a clear division between church and state — though that position is much more likely to be taken by Democratic voters than GOP voters in the latest Economist/YouGov Poll.
By 41% to 34%, the public overall believes the line between church and state should be absolute. But that position is taken by nearly two out of three Democratic voters and only 24% of GOP voters. Over half of Republican voters disagree.
But many Americans are willing to blur the line when it comes to some forms of religious activity in schools and government. Most favor displays of religion in public buildings, non–denominational prayer before high school football games, and the use of the phrase "In God We Trust" on U.S. coins. Nearly half would teach the Bible in public schools. There is opposition only when it comes to money: only 30% would use public money to fund social programs run by Christian organizations.
Larger numbers of GOP voters support most of these activities, but they are similar to the overall population when it comes to giving money to fund Christian–run social programs — only 38% approve of this policy.
Many Americans draw the dividing line when it comes to mixing religion and politics. 42% think candidates talk too much about their religious beliefs. Just 22% say they talk too little about them. But once again the parties differ: most Democratic voters see too much discussion of religion in the campaign, while GOP voters think there is the right amount of discussion.

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