Most Americans support gay adoption

June 29, 2018

A safe and loving home is what children need—regardless of whether the nurturing is provided by a traditional mother and father, or a same-sex couple. That’s the opinion of more than one-half (55%) of Americans, according to findings of a poll released on June 26 by YouGov Omnibus..

And the sentiment remains the same whether the child is conceived by the couple or adopted: Specifically, respondents said they were in support of adoption by gay (53%) and lesbian (55%) couples.

However, if given a choice, a majority (57%) of the more than 1,000 U.S. adults contacted by the researchers still believe that it is better for a child to be raised by both a mother and a father. Another 15% “strongly” or “somewhat” disagreed with that idea.

Men (47%) were far more likely than women (30%) to think that a traditional upbringing by both sexes is preferable. And, in line with that trend, women (47%) were more apt to say that gay couples would be good parents than were men (30%).

The findings of the study, fielded during LGBTQ Pride Month 2018, challenge the current law in seven U.S. states—Alabama, Michigan, Mississippi, North Dakota, South Dakota, Virginia, and Texas—where child-welfare agencies can refuse to place a child with a same-sex couple based on religious objection. Almost half of Americans (47%) said that was unfair, while one-third (33%) said it was fair.

Many respondents (46%) said they support a Connecticut initiative to recruit members of the LGBTQ community to become foster and adoptive parents, though another 29% said they thought it was a bad idea.

Research contact; Jamie.Ballard@yougov.com

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