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Ignorant discrimination: How education levels affect attitudes toward homosexuality and gay rights

by Katharine Grapes
Sociological Viewpoints ()


For this research, I examined the relationship between level of education and attitudes toward gay rights using data obtained from the General Social Survey (GSS) for the year of 1998. The GSS is conducted biannually by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago. An index was created using variables measuring attitudes about homosexuality and gay rights. The sample size for this study was 704 respondents. Bivariate results suggest that there is a relationship between level of education and attitudes toward gay rights. Individuals with the highest level of education (graduate degree) were significantly (26%) more tolerant in their attitudes toward gay rights than those with the lowest level of education (less than high school) when analyzed by the statistical test chi-square (p<.001). It can be concluded that a higher level of education results in more liberal attitudes toward gay rights. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR] Copyright of Sociological Viewpoints is the property of Pennsylvania Sociological Society and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)

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