31 May 2014

Global View on Homosexuality

2013 Pew Research Results
More than a third of the 40 nations polled say that homosexuality is unacceptable on moral grounds. Nine-in-ten or more hold this view in seven nations.

However, Europeans are much less likely to say homosexuality is unacceptable – this is especially true in Spain, Germany, the Czech Republic, France, Britain, and Italy, where about 20 percent or fewer express this opinion.

Also, not a single nation in the 40 countries surveyed by Pew Research Center said abortion is morally acceptable.

The majority of the people in dozens of nations across every continent but Antarctica deemed abortion and homosexuality morally unacceptable, according to results from the Pew Research Center’s 2013 Global Attitudes.

An outright majority of citizens in 26 countries found abortion morally objectionable – 13 of them by a three-to-one margin. The nations with the lowest tolerance of abortion were the Philippines, followed by Ghana, Indonesia, Uganda, and El Salvador.

"The results of the Pew poll aren’t that surprising," Adam Cassandra, communications manager of Human Life International, told LifeSiteNews. “HLI’s pro-life missionaries around the world have observed this trend for some time. Developing nations still hold to traditional moral values, while morality in more Westernized nations is declining.”

Although the media hype the "inevitable" acceptance of same-sex “marriage,” Pew found that more Americans believe homosexuality is immoral (37 percent) than morally acceptable (23 percent) or not a moral issue (35 percent).

On the other hand, twice as many Canadians believe homosexuality is moral (30 percent) than immoral (15 percent).

The Pew Research Center's 2013 Global Attitudes survey asked 40,117 respondents in 40 countries what they thought about eight topics often discussed as moral issues: extramarital affairs, gambling, homosexuality, abortion, premarital sex, alcohol consumption, divorce, and the use of contraceptives. For each issue, respondents were asked whether this is morally acceptable, morally unacceptable, or not a moral issue. The chart above displays the median responses for each question across the 40 countries.

The full global results were released online and can be viewed here.