Views about homosexuality

% of adults who say homosexuality…

Survey year Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 35,071. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
2014 62% 31% 4% 3% 35,071
2007 50% 40% 5% 5% 35,556

Learn More: Should be accepted, Should be discouraged

Views about homosexuality by religious group

% of adults who say homosexuality…

Religious tradition Should be accepted Should be discouraged Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 264. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Buddhist 88% 10% 1% 1% 264
Catholic 70% 23% 4% 4% 7,202
Evangelical Protestant 36% 55% 5% 4% 8,593
Hindu 71% 22% 5% 2% 199
Historically Black Protestant 51% 40% 6% 4% 1,916
Jehovah's Witness 16% 76% 4% 4% 245
Jewish 81% 16% 2% 1% 847
Mainline Protestant 66% 26% 5% 3% 6,083
Mormon 36% 57% 4% 3% 664
Muslim 45% 47% 5% 3% 237
Orthodox Christian 62% 31% 4% 4% 186
Unaffiliated (religious "nones") 83% 12% 3% 3% 7,556

Learn More: Should be accepted, Should be discouraged

BeliefsandPractices

Belief in God by views about homosexuality

% of adults who say they…

Views about homosexuality Believe in God; absolutely certain Believe in God; fairly certain Believe in God; not too/not at all certain Believe in God; don't know Do not believe in God Other/don't know if they believe in God Sample Size
Sample size = 21,598. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Should be accepted 51% 25% 7% 1% 14% 3% 21,598
Should be discouraged 84% 11% 2% 1% 2% 1% 10,872
Neither/both equally 74% 15% 3% 2% 4% 3% 1,405
Don't know 72% 15% 4% 3% 3% 3% 1,196

Learn More: Believe in God; absolutely certain, Believe in God; fairly certain, Believe in God; not too/not at all certain, Do not believe in God

Importance of religion in one's life by views about homosexuality

% of adults who say religion is…

Views about homosexuality Very important Somewhat important Not too important Not at all important Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 21,598. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Should be accepted 39% 30% 15% 15% 1% 21,598
Should be discouraged 78% 14% 4% 3% < 1% 10,872
Neither/both equally 64% 22% 5% 7% 2% 1,405
Don't know 63% 20% 7% 5% 4% 1,196

Learn More: Very important, Somewhat important, Not too important, Not at all important

Attendance at religious services by views about homosexuality

% of adults who attend religious services…

Views about homosexuality At least once a week Once or twice a month/a few times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 21,598. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Should be accepted 23% 38% 39% < 1% 21,598
Should be discouraged 59% 25% 15% 1% 10,872
Neither/both equally 43% 32% 23% 1% 1,405
Don't know 41% 29% 26% 3% 1,196

Learn More: At least once a week, Once or twice a month/a few times a year, Seldom/never

Frequency of prayer by views about homosexuality

% of adults who pray…

Views about homosexuality At least daily Weekly Monthly Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 21,598. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Should be accepted 44% 18% 7% 31% 1% 21,598
Should be discouraged 76% 12% 4% 8% 1% 10,872
Neither/both equally 66% 13% 4% 15% 2% 1,405
Don't know 64% 14% 4% 13% 5% 1,196

Learn More: At least daily, Weekly, Monthly, Seldom/never

Frequency of participation in prayer, scripture study or religious education groups by views about homosexuality

% of adults who attend prayer group…

Views about homosexuality At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 21,598. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Should be accepted 14% 8% 8% 70% < 1% 21,598
Should be discouraged 45% 11% 9% 34% 1% 10,872
Neither/both equally 31% 10% 9% 49% 1% 1,405
Don't know 27% 8% 11% 50% 3% 1,196

Learn More: At least once a week, Once or twice a month, Several times a year, Seldom/never

Frequency of meditation by views about homosexuality

% of adults who meditate…

Views about homosexuality At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 21,598. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Should be accepted 35% 10% 5% 50% 1% 21,598
Should be discouraged 51% 6% 3% 37% 3% 10,872
Neither/both equally 45% 8% 4% 41% 3% 1,405
Don't know 46% 8% 3% 37% 6% 1,196

Learn More: At least once a week, Once or twice a month, Several times a year, Seldom/never

Frequency of feeling spiritual peace and wellbeing by views about homosexuality

% of adults who feel a sense of spiritual peace and wellbeing…

Views about homosexuality At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 21,598. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Should be accepted 52% 17% 11% 19% 1% 21,598
Should be discouraged 71% 11% 6% 10% 1% 10,872
Neither/both equally 66% 13% 7% 12% 3% 1,405
Don't know 62% 11% 9% 14% 5% 1,196

Learn More: At least once a week, Once or twice a month, Several times a year, Seldom/never

Frequency of feeling wonder about the universe by views about homosexuality

% of adults who feel a sense of wonder about the universe…

Views about homosexuality At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 21,598. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Should be accepted 45% 17% 14% 24% 1% 21,598
Should be discouraged 47% 15% 11% 25% 2% 10,872
Neither/both equally 46% 12% 13% 26% 2% 1,405
Don't know 44% 12% 11% 27% 6% 1,196

Learn More: At least once a week, Once or twice a month, Several times a year, Seldom/never

Sources of guidance on right and wrong by views about homosexuality

% of adults who say they look to…most for guidance on right and wrong

Views about homosexuality Religion Philosophy/reason Common sense Science Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 21,598. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Should be accepted 20% 14% 52% 12% 2% 21,598
Should be discouraged 58% 4% 31% 4% 2% 10,872
Neither/both equally 41% 8% 41% 4% 6% 1,405
Don't know 39% 5% 41% 5% 9% 1,196

Learn More: Religion, Philosophy/reason, Common sense, Science

Belief in absolute standards for right and wrong by views about homosexuality

% of adults who say…

Views about homosexuality There are clear standards for what is right and wrong Right or wrong depends on the situation Neither/both equally Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 21,598. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Should be accepted 25% 74% 1% 1% 21,598
Should be discouraged 50% 48% 1% 1% 10,872
Neither/both equally 35% 58% 5% 2% 1,405
Don't know 36% 56% 3% 5% 1,196

Learn More: There are clear standards for what is right and wrong, Right or wrong depends on the situation

Frequency of reading scripture by views about homosexuality

% of adults who read scripture…

Views about homosexuality At least once a week Once or twice a month Several times a year Seldom/never Don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 21,598. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Should be accepted 22% 10% 9% 58% 1% 21,598
Should be discouraged 60% 10% 7% 23% 1% 10,872
Neither/both equally 44% 10% 8% 36% 2% 1,405
Don't know 42% 10% 8% 36% 3% 1,196

Learn More: At least once a week, Once or twice a month, Several times a year, Seldom/never

Interpreting scripture by views about homosexuality

% of adults who say the holy scripture is…

Views about homosexuality Word of God; should be taken literally Word of God; not everything taken literally Word of God; other/don't know Not the word of God Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 21,598. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Should be accepted 18% 27% 2% 46% 7% 21,598
Should be discouraged 55% 26% 4% 11% 5% 10,872
Neither/both equally 32% 28% 6% 19% 15% 1,405
Don't know 37% 23% 8% 17% 15% 1,196

Learn More: Word of God; should be taken literally, Word of God; not everything taken literally, Not the word of God

Belief in Heaven by views about homosexuality

% of adults who …in heaven

Views about homosexuality Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 21,598. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Should be accepted 65% 28% 7% 21,598
Should be discouraged 85% 9% 6% 10,872
Neither/both equally 77% 12% 11% 1,405
Don't know 74% 12% 14% 1,196

Learn More: Believe, Don't believe

Belief in Hell by views about homosexuality

% of adults who …in hell

Views about homosexuality Believe Don't believe Other/don't know Sample Size
Sample size = 21,598. Visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire. Sample sizes and margins of error vary from subgroup to subgroup, from year to year and from state to state. You can see the sample size for the estimates in this chart on rollover or in the last column of the table. And visit this table to see approximate margins of error for a group of a given size. Readers should always bear in mind the approximate margin of error for the group they are examining when making comparisons with other groups or assessing the significance of trends over time. For full question wording, see the survey questionnaire.
Should be accepted 48% 44% 8% 21,598
Should be discouraged 77% 16% 7% 10,872
Neither/both equally 61% 25% 14% 1,405
Don't know 58% 23% 19% 1,196

Learn More: Believe, Don't believe