Gallup Poll Asks Americans: Are People Born Gay?
Are people born gay? There's apparently still division amongst Americans over that question though more people believe that individuals are born gay than those that believe it's a matter of upbringing or evnvironment.
In a year when the movement for same-sex marriages continues to make strides across the U.S., Americans remain divided on how people come to be gay or lesbian. More than a third of Americans (37%) believe people become gay as a result of factors such as their upbringing and environment, while 42% say people are born gay. This latter belief is down slightly from 2013, when nearly half (47%) believed people were gay at birth. When Gallup first asked about the origins of same-sex orientation in 1977, over half of Americans (56%) attributed it to an individual's upbringing and environment, while 13% believed it to be something a gay person is born with. This gap in opinions narrowed over the time, and by 2001, Americans were more likely to believe in homosexuality as occurring at birth (40%) for the first time, though only by one percentage point. Since then, Americans have been roughly equally divided over this question, although with some year-to-year fluctuations in the precise percentages.
It's interesting to note that the percentage of Americans that believe people are born gay has gone down since 2013. It may be a small fluctuation, but is it a cause for concern?
What's your reaction to the Gallup poll's findings, Instincters?