A median of 49% of people in 12 places in Asia say they at least somewhat favor allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally.
Among the 32 places surveyed, support for legal same-sex marriage is highest in Sweden, where 92% of adults favor it, and lowest in Nigeria, where only 2% back it.
Americans are more pessimistic than optimistic about the institution of marriage and the family. At the same time, the public is fairly accepting of diverse family arrangements, though some are seen as more acceptable than others.
Key trends in marriage and family life in the United States.
In 24 places where detailed statistics are available, same-sex marriages in recent years have ranged from less than 1% to 3.4% of all marriages.
37% of Americans have a negative view of the impact of same-sex marriage being legal, with 19% saying it is very bad for society.
On some demographic measures, people in same-sex marriages differ from those in opposite-sex marriages
Adults – particularly men – who are in same-sex marriages have a somewhat different demographic profile from adults in opposite-sex marriages.
Pope Francis made news recently by voicing his support for same-sex civil unions. The statement struck observers as a shift for the Vatican.
Despite major changes in laws and norms surrounding the issue of same-sex marriage and the rights of LGBT people around the world, public opinion on the acceptance of homosexuality in society remains sharply divided by country, region and economic development.
The gender gap in party identification remains the widest in a quarter century.