Americans' moral views on gay or lesbian relations 2001-2019

This statistic shows Americans' views from 2001 to 2019 as to whether gay and lesbian relations are morally acceptable or morally wrong. In 2001, 53 percent of respondents stated they believe gay or lesbian relations to be morally wrong. In 2019, only 35 percent said the same.

Are gay or lesbian relationships morally acceptable?

Morally acceptableMorally wrong
201963%35%
201867%30%
201763%33%
201660%37%
201563%34%
201458%38%
201359%38%
201254%42%
201156%39%
201052%43%
200949%47%
200848%48%
200747%49%
200644%51%
200545%51%
200442%54%
200344%52%
200238%55%
200140%53%
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Source

Release date

August 2019

Region

United States

Survey time period

2001 to 2019

Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Telephone interview

Supplementary notes

Missing percentage points to 100 percent due to answer options "depends on situation", "not a moral issue" and "no opinion", which are not shown here.

The source does not provide exact numbers of respondents.
Data for years prior to 2019 taken from previous publications.

The source posed the question as follows: "Next, I'm going to read you a list of issues. Regardless of whether or not you think it should be legal, for each one, please tell me whether you personally believe that in general it is morally acceptable or morally wrong. How about - Gay or Lesbian Relations?" with slightly differing wording from 2001 to 2004 ("homosexual behavior") and from 2006 to 2008 ("homosexual relations").

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