Survey conducted for NBC/USA Network by Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates, Inc. Methodology:
Penn, Schoen and Berland conducted 979 interviews among the general population from March 18-21 of this year. The margin of error sampling is +/-3.1 overall and larger for subgroups.
It is OK for gay athletes to participate in sports, even if they are open about their sexuality
It is OK for male athletes to participate in sports even if they are openly gay
It is OK for female athletes to participate in sports even if they are openly gay
It's OK for homosexuals to participate in sports provided they are not open about their sexuality
Having an openly gay player hurts the entire team
I would be less of fan of a particular athlete if I knew that he or she was openly gay
Having an openly gay athlete hurts the entire sport
I would enjoy the sport less if I knew a player was gay
Positive portrayals of gay athletes in the media may encourage children to become gay
Openly gay athletes should be excluded from playing team sports
Americans are more accepting of gays in sports today than they were twenty years ago
It would hurt an athlete's career to be openly gay
Gay athletes are unfairly treated in both their private and professional lives
Society is more accepting of gays playing sports like golf or tennis and less accepting of gays athletes participating in more contact sports like wrestling and boxing
Women's sports are typically more accepting of gay athletes
Openly gay athletes cannot receive the same endorsement deals as other athletes regardless of how they perform on the field
I admire an athlete who is openly gay
What America needs now is an open discussion about homosexuality and sports
Many women in professional sports are lesbians
Lesbians are better athletes than straight women
Whether they like it or not, professional athletes are role models for children
What athletes do in their private life is their own business
What an athlete does off the court does not affect my enjoyment of his/her performance on the court
It is a sin to engage in homosexual behavior
Homosexuality is a way of life that should be accepted by society
Brands and products are unlikely to select athletes as endorsers if the athletes are gay or even have been accused of being gay
The reason there is so little coverage of gays in sports is because America is not ready to accept gay athletes
The reason there is so little coverage of gays in sports is because gays in sports are largely in the closet
If Sports Illustrated put more emphasis on gay athletes, a public buzz would develop and it would be largely negative
If ESPN created a television special on the accomplishments of gay athletes, viewers would be enraged
Americans would be less proud of an Olympics gold winning athlete is he/she were gay and "out"
If Sports Illustrated put more emphasis on gay athletes, in far-ranging editorial features, its readership and the general public would welcome this shift
The reason there is so little coverage of gays in sports is because so few gays play sports
Society should not put any restrictions on sex between consenting adults in the privacy of their own home
Gay and lesbian coupes can be as good parents as heterosexual couples
Gay marriage would go against my religious beliefs
55% of Democrats "agree" that America needs to partake in an open discussion about homosexuality and sports.
65% of Republicans "disagree" that Americans should enter into discussion about homosexuality and sports.
40% of Americans have an unfavorable opinion of gay men and 36% have an unfavorable opinion of lesbian women.
27% say that greater acceptance of gays and lesbians would be a bad thing for the country
22% feel "uncomfortable" when around homosexuals.
61% know a friend, colleague or family member who is gay.