Home / FEATURED / Poll: Latinos say homosexuality should be accepted by society

Poll: Latinos say homosexuality should be accepted by society

A new poll from Pew Hispanic Research Center shows that 59 percent of Latinos believe society should embrace LGBT people. Hispanics are just as likely as the general public to say homosexuality should be accepted by society

When asked whether homosexuality should be accepted or discouraged by society, majorities of Latinos (59%) and of the U.S. general public (58%) say it should be accepted. Meanwhile, 30% of Latinos and 33% of the general public say homosexuality should be discouraged.

Views on homosexuality vary somewhat by immigrant generation. Just over half (53%) of immigrant Hispanics say homosexuality should be accepted. Among second-generation Hispanics, this share rises to 68%. Among third-generation Hispanics, it is 63%.

The survey also reveals that among Hispanics, women more than men say homosexuality should be accepted by society?62% versus 55%. A similar pattern exists among the general public: 64% of women say homosexuality should be accepted by society, compared with 52% of men (Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, 2011a).

And just as with the general public, younger Hispanics are more likely than older Hispanics to say homosexuality should be accepted by society. Nearly seven-in-ten (69%) 18- to 29-year-old Hispanics say this, as do 60% of Hispanics ages 30 to 49 and 54% of Hispanics ages 50 to 64. By contrast, among Hispanics ages 65 and older, 41% say homosexuality should be accepted by society, while 44% say it should not be. Among the general public, majorities of those ages 18 to 29 (69%), ages 30 to 49 (59%) and ages 50 to 64 (55%) say homosexuality should be accepted by society. Among those ages 65 and older, fewer than half (47%) say the same (Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, 2011a).

Read the full report study via PEW HISPANIC RESEARCH CENTER