Breaking New Research: Americans Split on Whether Homosexual Behavior Is Sin
"The presidential election will tell if Americans view support for gay marriage as a political sin but the vote is in on whether it is theologically sinful -- and it's a close call" writes Cathy Lynn Grossman of USAToday on the heels of President Obama announcing he is now in favor of same-sex marriage. Grossman's article highlights LifeWay Research's release of a new study showing American adults are split on whether or not homosexuality is a sin.
The random-sample survey of more than 2,000 Americans asked "Do you believe homosexual behavior is a sin?" Forty-four percent said yes and 43 percent said no. Thirteen percent were not sure.
These results are not too surprising based on other recent polling data. In Gallup's 2011 Values and Beliefs poll, they reported 56 percent of Americans consider gay and lesbian relations morally acceptable.
Some highlights of the research:
- 82 percent of participants who consider themselves a born-again, evangelical or fundamentalist Christian say homosexual behavior is a sin while 14 percent say it is not a sin.
- In contrast, 29 percent of all other religious groups say it is sinful and 51 percent say it is not.
- Forty-seven percent of men say it is a sin, but only 40 percent of women.
- 49 percent of those without a college degree say homosexual behavior is a sin, compared with 35 percent who have a college degree.
- 88% Americans who never attend a place of worship say it is not.
- Americans who attend a place of worship weekly+ are the most likely agree that it is a sin (71%) with those attending weekly (55%) the next most likely to agree.
Here is some other research on homosexuality LifeWay Research has done in the past:
- Protestant pastors oppose homosexual 'marriage' (June 2011)
- American 'Millennials' divided over same-sex marriage (September 2010)
- Protestant pastors share views on gay marriage, abortion (November 2009)
- Views on homosexuality and its impact on church outreach (June 2008)
Also, in my last post, I shared an article on "President Obama, Same-Sex Marriage, and the Future of Evangelical Response."