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.   (Getty Images)
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.   (AP Photo/LGBT POV, Karen Ocamb)
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