This research analyzed the impact of education on individual attitudes toward homosexuality. Further a variety of social factors and demographics like sex, race, religiousity, age, geography and social class were examined in terms of their education completion level and attitudes toward homosexuals. A demographic and social factor analysis of trends in public attitudes provides insight as to possible points of intervention. This potentially advances civil rights and may impact the improvement of public opinion. The 2000 General Social Survey (GSS) questions pertaining to individuals’ attitudes toward homosexuals were examined by looking at how subjects answered particular questions related to personal social factor influences. Findings exposed that level of education completion along with age, sex, race, social class, geography and religiousity directly impacted individuals’ attitudes toward homosexuality. Sociological factors and demographics can help determine points of intervention where preventative change can occur.
Amber Hicks, ’03 Portland, OR
Sponsor: Tina Fetner