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Homosexuality, Origins of (nature/nurture)

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Do you think a gay or lesbian persons sexual orientation can be changed or cannot be changed? [Answered only if FORM = 1.] (CHANGE)
  TOTAL %
1) Can be changed 391 39.2
2) Cannot be changed 484 48.5
9) Dont know/Refused 122 12.2
TOTAL997100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Do you think a gay or lesbian persons sexual orientation can be changed or cannot be changed? (HOMCHANG)
  TOTAL %
1) Can be changed 1,117 41.8
2) Cannot be changed 1,135 42.5
9) Dont know/Refused 419 15.7
TOTAL2,671100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


In your opinion, is homosexuality primarily a matter of personal choice; an in-born trait, or something caused by environmental factors? (93, 99, 04, 06, 08, 10) (GAYCAUSE)
  TOTAL %
-1) RF/DK 586 14.1
1) Personal choice 1,749 41.9
2) Inborn trait 1,385 33.2
3) Environmental factors 450 10.8
TOTAL4,170100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Single Unit (State, County, etc.)
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


In your opinion, do you think that homosexuality is: something that people are born with, something that develops because of the way people are brought up, or is it just the way that some people prefer to live? [Answered only if FORM = 1.] (BORNHOM)
  TOTAL %
1) Something that people are born with 354 35.5
2) Something that develops because of the way people are brought up 131 13.2
3) Just the way that some people prefer to live 376 37.8
9) Dont know/Refused 135 13.6
TOTAL996100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


In your opinion, is homosexuality primarily a matter of personal choice; an in-born trait, or something caused by environmental factors? (GAYCAUSE)
  TOTAL %
-1) RF/DK 120 16
1) Personal choice 258 34.4
2) Inborn trait 276 36.8
3) Environmental factors 96 12.8
TOTAL750100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Single Unit (State, County, etc.)
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


In your opinion… when a person is homosexual is it something that people are born with, or is it something that just develops because of the way people are brought up, or is it just the way that some people prefer to live? (HOM_BORN)
  TOTAL %
1) Something that people are born with 798 29.9
2) Something that develops because of the way people are brought up 378 14.1
3) Just the way that some people prefer to live 1,127 42.2
9) Dont know/Refused 369 13.8
TOTAL2,672100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Q39c. Please indicate your level of agreement with the following statements about homosexuals: People choose to be homosexuals (CHOOSE)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly disagree 355 22
2) Disagree 395 24.5
3) Agree 350 21.7
4) Strongly agree 271 16.8
8) Undecided 243 15.1
TOTAL1,614100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mixed-mode


Do you believe that homosexuality is something people choose or something they cannot change? (00, 03, 05, 07, 09) (GAYGIVEN)
  TOTAL %
-1) RF 53 1.6
1) Cannot change 1,359 41
2) It depends/Unsure (Vol.) 504 15.2
3) Choose 1,396 42.1
TOTAL3,312100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Single Unit (State, County, etc.)
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Agree/Disagree: Homosexuality should be considered an acceptable lifestyle for those who choose it. (89) (GAYSOK)
  TOTAL %
-1) RF/DK 20 5.3
0) Disagree 0 0
1) Agree 355 94.7
TOTAL375100.0
Survey Details
Scope: Single Unit (State, County, etc.)
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Do you think being homosexual is something people choose to be, or do you think it is something they cannot change? (HOMOCHNG)
  TOTAL %
1) Something people choose to be 393 41
2) Something they cannot change 424 44.3
8) Dont know 129 13.5
9) No answer 12 1.3
TOTAL958100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


Q39d. Please indicate your level of agreement with the following statements about homosexuals: People are born as either homosexual or heterosexual (GAYBORN)
  TOTAL %
1) Strongly disagree 305 18.9
2) Disagree 297 18.4
3) Agree 433 26.8
4) Strongly agree 279 17.3
8) Undecided 300 18.6
TOTAL1,614100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Mixed-mode


Now I want you to tell me how much you agree with these statements about homosexuality Would you say you completely agree, mostly agree, mostly disagree, or completely disagree that . . . a. a person is either a homosexual or a heterosexual, and there is little they can do to change it. (H1BORN)
  TOTAL %
1) Completely agree 242 22.7
2) Mostly agree 274 25.7
3) Mostly disagree 198 18.6
4) Completely disagree 353 33.1
TOTAL1,067100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: Phone


Now I want you to tell me how much you agree with these statements about homosexuality. Would you say you completely agree, mostly agree, mostly disagree, or completely disagree that . . . a. a person is born either a homosexual or a heterosexual, and there is little they can do to change it. (H1BORN)
  TOTAL %
1) Completely agree 280 15.4
2) Mostly agree 435 24
3) Mostly disagree 343 18.9
4) Completely disagree 489 26.9
5) Dont know 268 14.8
TOTAL1,815100.0
Survey Details
Scope: U.S. Sample
Frame: U.S. Adults
Sample: Random Sample
Mode: In-Person


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Can Change?: In this question type, respondents report whether they believe sexual orientation can be changed.
Cause of Homosexuality?: Respondents are given a number of different possible causes of homosexuality from which to choose.
Choice?: Is homosexuality a choice?
Nature?: Is homosexuality the result of nature?

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