Study finds cross-cultural link between religiosity and anti-gay opinion

by on August 8, 2013  •  In Culture, Religion, Social science
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A  study of public opinion in 39 nations found that acceptance of homosexuality is particularly widespread in countries where religion is less central in people‚Äôs lives. The Pew Foundation reported strong support for social acceptance in the European Union, Latin America, North America,  and Australia, areas that also report the lowest religiosity scores. Among the few outliers were the Philippines (high religiosity but strong support for gay acceptance) and China and Russia (low religiosity, also low support).

The Global Divide on Homosexuality also reports that levels of social acceptance have been stable in most countries in recent years.  The United States, where social acceptance has increased dramatically since 2008, is one of only three countries where there has been significant change during that period.  The other two are Canada and South Korea.

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