Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Gallup poll: Fewer Americans believe people are ‘born gay’

WASHINGTON, D.C.,  ( – The number of Americans who believe homosexuality is an inborn trait is on the decline, according to a new Gallup poll.

In 2013, 47 percent of Americans told the polling company they believed that homosexuals were “born gay.” In 2014, that number dropped to 42 percent.

Meanwhile, 37 percent of Americans surveyed reported believing homosexuality is the result of “upbringing and environment,” up from 33 percent in 2013.

“Though being gay as the result of genetics or other factors before birth has become a considerably more mainstream belief and is now mentioned by a plurality of Americans, it is still one held by slightly less than half of the U.S. population,” the pollsters explained in a statement. “This disagreement seems likely to continue as long as the scientific community remains agnostic about the question.”

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