One week after a Gallup poll showed America’s increasingly positive attitude toward same-sex marriage on the rise, additional statistics from the latest Values and Beliefs poll show we’re still torn when it comes to ‘nature vs. nurture.’
According to Gallup’s latest results, posted on Wednesday, 37 percent of Americans “believe people become gay as a result of factors such as their upbringing and environment,” while 42 percent are siding with Lady Gaga — people are born gay, y’all.
What’s surprising is that people in the “born gay” camp are on the decline, if these stats are to be taken literally. The same poll conducted in 2013 showed that 47 percent of those participating believed people were born gay, which is a a full 5 percent drop that “halted the trend” of “born gay” beliefs on the rise for the first time since 2001. (For reference, the poll is based on a random sample of 1,028 adults age 18 and over.)
The poll also notes that “those with college educations, whites, females, liberals, Democrats, high-income earners, and those who seldom or never attend church are the most likely to believe that being gay or lesbian is something people are born with.”