Poll Examines How Different Countries View Homosexuality


The Pew Research Center’s 2013 Global Attitudes survey asked over 40, 000 respondents from 40 countries about their moral attitudes towards various issues.

This included a poll on how people in the 40 countries viewed homosexuality, whether it’s ‘morally acceptable’, ‘morally unacceptable’ or ‘not a moral issue’.

Spain topped the list of nations as the most accepting of homosexuality, with 55% of people deeming it ‘morally acceptable’, 38% stating it’s ‘not a moral issue’ and only 6% stating that homosexuality is ‘morally unacceptable’.

Australia comes in at number seven when you order the countries from most accepting to least accepting of homosexuality, just under Britain and Canada, and ahead of the United States at number twelve. 18% of Australians said homosexuality was ‘morally unacceptable’, 33% said it was ‘morally acceptable’ and 45% said it was ‘not a moral issue’.

Ghana was named the least accepting of the 40 countries, with 98% listing homosexuality as ‘morally unacceptable’ 1% deeming it ‘morally acceptable’ and 1% believing homosexuality was ‘not a moral issue’.

According to the survey, in a majority of the 40 countries polled more than 50% of people believe homosexuality is morally unacceptable, nine out of ten or more holding this view in seven nations. Europeans were more likely to view homosexuality as acceptable.

See the results of the Pew Research Center’s 2013 Global Attitudes survey in regards to homosexuality and a number of other issues including premarital sex, gambling, and use of alcohol and contraceptives, here.

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