Poll: 40% of Americans Have No Gay Friends

...that puts them in the minority for 1st time

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff | Suggested by anothernewsjunkie

Posted Jun 6, 2012 10:30 AM CDT

(Newser) – Are you close to someone who's gay? If not, you're now officially in the minority, according to a new CNN poll. Some 40% of respondents said they don't have any close friends or family members who are gay, and that's actually a pretty big decrease from 2010, notes CNN. Two years ago, 51% cited zero; in the 1990s, the vast majority did.

"Attitudes toward sexual orientation have also changed over the same time period," CNN's polling director observes. In 1998, most people believed being gay was a choice, while today only a third believe that. A majority—54%—now also support same-sex marriage, with only 42% opposed. But the partisan and generational divides on the issue are predictably stark: Seven in 10 Democrats support same-sex marriage, seven in 10 Republicans oppose it. Two-thirds of those under 50 support, and 55% of those over 50 oppose.

Bob Sodervick waves a gay pride flag outside of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on June 5, 2012 in San Francisco, California.
Bob Sodervick waves a gay pride flag outside of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on June 5, 2012 in San Francisco, California.   (Getty Images)
People wave flag as they take part in a gay parade in Mexico City, on June 2, 2012.
People wave flag as they take part in a gay parade in Mexico City, on June 2, 2012.   (Getty Images/ AFP PHOTO/Alfredo Estrella)
Chad Griffin, center, is kissed by Sandy Stier, left, and Kris Perry at the home of director Rob Reiner, who co-founded the American Foundation for Equal Rights, in Brentwood, Calif, June 4, 2012.
Chad Griffin, center, is kissed by Sandy Stier, left, and Kris Perry at the home of director Rob Reiner, who co-founded the American Foundation for Equal Rights, in Brentwood, Calif, June 4, 2012.   (AP Photo/LGBT POV, Karen Ocamb)
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