June 25, 2013

Fewer Americans have negative views of more gays raising children


Currently, 35% of Americans say the increase in gay and lesbian couples raising children is a bad thing, a decline from recent years.

In recent years, there has been a decline in the percentage of Americans who think that more gays and lesbians raising children is a bad thing for American society.

Currently, 35% view this as a negative trend for society. While that is unchanged from 2011, it represents a 15-point decline since 2007 (from 50%), according to a separate survey, conducted March 21-April 8 among 4,006 adults.

Over this period, the percentage saying more gays and lesbians raising children is a good thing has nearly doubled, from 11% to 21%. About four-in-ten (41%) say more gays and lesbians raising children does not make much difference.

The public also takes a more positive view of another social trend – more people of different races marrying each other. Currently, 37% say this is a good thing for American society, up from 25% in 2011 and 24% in 2010. About half (51%) say more interracial marriage does not make much difference, compared with 64% in 2011 and 61% in 2010. About one-in-ten (10%) continue to view this as a negative trend for American society. Read more

Category: Daily Number

Topics: Gay Marriage and Homosexuality

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    is a senior editor at Pew Research Center.

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