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More than a fifth of Scots do not consider themselves accepting of LGBTQ people

The survey found that over-55s were the least open-minded and accepting of the age groups

2019-08-12

Words: Steve Brown

More than a fifth of Scottish people do not consider themselves accepting of LGBTQ people.

In a poll of 1,005 people by Censuswide Scotland, around 207 (21 per cent) of respondents said they were either not at all or are not completely open-minded and accepting of LGBTQ people.

Out of the 630 women surveyed, 112 agreed that they were not open-minded when it came to LGBTQ people, while out of the 375 male respondents, the figure was around 95.

The survey also found that the over-55s were the least open-minded and accepting of the age groups.

Only 13 out of 122 aged between 16 and 24 responded saying they were not accepting of LGBTQ people.

When asked whether other people would class them as homophobic, 13 per cent of men and around five per cent of woman said they could be described as homophobic.

Jordan Ferguson, from Censuswide Scotland, told The Scotsman: “The Censuswide Scotland opinion poll has been tracking public attitude across a range of important issues in 2019.

"This particular study looked at how open-minded and accepting of LGBT communities respondents consider themselves, while also asking them to consider how they may be perceived by others.

"Our results found there to be a number of Scots who do not consider themselves open-minded and accepting of LGBT people.

"The responses vary across the age groups with the older respondents being the least likely to consider themselves open-minded."