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New Poll Reveals: Would Americans Be Upset If Their Child Was Gay?

It appears that acceptance of sexual orientation is still strongly divided along political party lines with 60 percent of Republicans polled saying they'd be upset having a gay child, compared to 28 percent of Democrats. 

Reporting on the McClathchy-Marist poll, Talking Points Memo writes:

Six in 10 Republicans would be upset if they had a child who told them he or she was gay, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll.

Twenty-three percent of Republicans surveyed said they'd be "very upset" and 37 percent would be "upset." Just 38 percent said they'd either be "not very upset" or "not upset at all."

By contrast, a total of 28 percent of Democrats would be either "very upset" or "upset" if their child came out as gay or lesbian. Seventy percent said they wouldn't be upset.

Among all national adults surveyed, 35 percent said they'd be upset while 62 percent said they would not be.

The findings reflect significant partisan divisions in attitudes toward gay rights amid a national sea change for gay equality. A similar poll conducted in 1985 by the Los Angeles Times found that a whopping 89 percent of adults said they'd be upset if their child was gay; just 9 percent said they'd be okay with it.

The survey interviewed 1,035 adults across the United States from Aug. 4-7, and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points. You can read the full poll findings here

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I came out in 1984 to my family and it was met with, yep, we already knew, we were just waiting for you to tell us. It was no big deal, I was still loved and accepted. We were living in rural Louisiana and my step father was a Sheriff's deputy, and they were very conservative people. But, it was never an issue whatsoever, except the time I brought a friend home, (no sex, we were just very drunk), but no one was allowed to stay over, gay or straight. I wish there were more parents like mine, who just loved their kids, no matter what. Religion, Politics, etc. it just wasn't an issue, they wanted me to be happy. I love them for that.

I came out in 1980 to my  parents and was rejected. They still have not accepted me. I wish  they were part of the progess. I am so pleased with all the progress I see in our country. So glad we live in a society and country where we are not outlawed and stoned as in some countries. cant wait for marriage to be legal in all 50 states......the  time is near and at hand.

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