It is not possible to know if these statistics indicate a trend, as they do not indicate:
1/ if this survey has been done before
2/ if these questions have been asked before – specifically, the 3 relating to homosexuality:
So, AVB, there is no way of knowing based on this report if attitudes have improved / not improved.
I read through the data result page. Ok – boring stuff for some – but this sort of data analysis is my job. :bigsmile:
Anyway, some important points to consider – the survey results are based on 17,298 questionaires received / processed. That is made up of the following:
14511 from 88000 festival attendees = 16.49% of festival goers participated in survey
1159 from 273870 church attendees = 0.42% or less than 1% church goers participated in survey.
1628 from other sources.
I think these percentages speak for themselves – especially as they do not state how many surveys were actually handed out.
The three questions relating to homosexuality were the following – i’ve obtained the following percentages by combining the percentage of church / festival goers in the report.
Table 6.7: Homosexual feelings
Question: I believe that it is wrong to have homosexual feelings.
19% – Agree a lot
12% – Agree a little
22% – Unsure
23% – Disagree a little
26% – Disagree a lot
Table 6.8: Homosexual actions
Question: I believe that homosexual actions are always wrong.
64% – Agree a lot
13% – Agree a little
11% – Unsure
7% – Disagree a little
7% – Disagree a lot
Table 6.9: Blessing civil partnerships
Question: I believe homosexual couples should be able to have civil partnerships blessed in churches.
4% – Agree a lot
3% – Agree a little
11% – Unsure
11% – Disagree a little
72% – Disagree a lot
It is interesting that people in churches / festivals who participated in this survey, are ok, as long as we hide ‘ourselves’ and are not ‘active’.
And I suppose it is interesting that they are asking church goers these questions, at all.