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Survey found an increase in homosexuality acceptance in Poland

A recent survey conducted by Pew Research Center has found a rise in tolerance toward the LGBT+ community in Poland with almost half of Poles (47 percent) declaring that Polish society should accept homosexuality as compared to the 2002 edition of the survey in which 40 percent of Poles expressed acceptance.

There is almost a 30-percentage-point difference in the acceptance of homosexuality between groups of people over the age of 50 and younger in Poland. Interestingly, there is almost no difference between Poles in the age groups 18-29 and 30-49.

The study also shows that supporters of Poland’s governing right-wing nationalist and populist Law and Justice (PiS) party are up 23 percentage points less inclined to say that homosexuality should be accepted by society than those who do not support PiS. The report shows that it is similar in many European countries and supporters of right-wing populist parties are more often opposed to accepting homosexuality.

Acceptance of homosexuality is rising broadly across the world. The results that were published during the LGBT Pride Month – celebrated annually in June – shows that support has grown from as far afield as Kenya to the United States, with an average of 52 percent of people across 34 countries saying homosexuality should be accepted, versus 38 percent against. Many countries saw a considerable jump in acceptance from the inaugural survey of 2002, including a 21-point increase in South Africa and a 19-point rise in South Korea. India saw a 22-point surge since its first survey in 2014.

However, views on homosexuality remain regionally divided, with a majority in sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East agreeing that being gay should not be accepted, compared to most people in the Americas and Western Europe who embrace the issue. Openness to LGBT issues was also tied to economic development, the researchers found, with countries such as Sweden having positive views of homosexuality, compared to opinion in lower-income countries such as Nigeria.

The survey was conducted by the non-partisan American think tank between May 13 and October 2 last year among 38,426 people in 34 countries.

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