Gender Gaps in the Measurement of Public Opinion About Homosexuality in Cross-national Surveys: A Question-Wording Experiment

Kuyper, L., Sommer, E. & Butt, S. (2017). Gender Gaps in the Measurement of Public Opinion About Homosexuality in Cross-national Surveys: A Question-Wording Experiment. International Journal of Public Opinion Research, edx019. doi: 10.1093/ijpor/edx019

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Abstract

Measures of attitudes towards homosexuality in cross-national studies have received criticism for not being ‘gender-sensitive’. The current study used a split-ballot design allowing for separate analyses of the attitudes towards ‘gay men and lesbian women’, ‘gay men’, and ‘lesbian women’ in a pooled sample of 3,381 participants from Great Britain, Hungary, and Portugal. Analyses controlling for sociodemographics showed that differences in attitudes towards male and female targets were generally small and did not interact with the gender of the rater. In addition, results showed that men’s attitudes towards homosexuality were more strongly related to their gender ideology than women’s attitudes. Implications of these findings for cross-national studies measuring attitudes towards homosexuality are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced version of an article accepted for publication in International Journal of Public Opinion Research following peer review. The version of record Lisette Kuyper, Elena Sommer, Sarah Butt; Gender Gaps in the Measurement of Public Opinion About Homosexuality in Cross-national Surveys: A Question-Wording Experiment, International Journal of Public Opinion Research, edx019 is available online at: https://doi.org/10.1093/ijpor/edx019
Uncontrolled Keywords: 2001 Communication And Media Studies, 1606 Political Science
Divisions: School of Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/18739

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