Under-65s don't view sexuality as binary

August 09, 2016, 2:04 PM GMT+0

Most over-65s say that you either are heterosexual - and that there is no middle ground

Over the past few decades, much political and cultural attention has been paid to the struggles of gay and lesbian Americans. However, a report from UCLA indicates that there may be more bisexuals in America than gays and lesbians. Homosexuality is an increasingly accepted part of our social landscape, but bisexuals often complain that their existence is 'erased', even by many within the gay and lesbian community.

YouGov's latest research shows that Americans narrowly tend to reject the idea of binary sexuality. While 40% say that you are 'either hetereosexual or you are not', 44% say that sexuality is a scale and that 'it is possible to be somewhere near the middle'. Among every age group - with the exception of over-65s - people tend to say that sexuality is a scale. Only among over-65s do most people (54%) say that there is no middle ground.

Only a fifth of Americans (22%) believe that bisexuals are merely homosexuals who don't want to admit that they are gay. Nearly half (46%) disagree with this assertion while 32% aren't sure.

Overall, however, many Americans still regard homosexuality as immoral. 46% of Americans say that homosexuality is morally acceptable, while 37% say that it is morally unacceptable.

Full poll results and margin of error available here.