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Cross-National Public Opinion about Homosexuality: Examining Attitudes across the Globe

Amy Adamczyk


Across the world, public opinion about homosexuality varies substantially. While residents in some nations have embraced gay rights as human rights, in other countries, very few people find homosexuality acceptable. Why are there such big differences in attitudes about homosexuality? Using survey data from almost ninety societies, this book shows that cross-national differences in how residents view homosexuality can largely be explained by three country characteristics: the strength of democratic institutions, the level of economic development, and the religious context. While these factors c ... More

Keywords: homosexuality, gay rights, cross-national, religion, democracy, economic development, mixed-methods, surveys, public opinion, attitudes

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780520288751
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520288751.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Amy Adamczyk, author
Sonoma State University