Labour supporters most likely to reject their child for being gay, survey finds

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20th March 2015 13:10 - Central Government

According to a survey - which examined attitudes towards LGBT individuals - a correlation has been found between which political party one Labour supporters most likely to reject their children for being gay, survey findsvotes for and their opinions towards LGBT people.

The survey found that those who support Labour are most likely to reject their child if they came out as gay, as opposed to those who support the Conservative party, the Liberal Democrats and UKIP.

The findings showed that 7 per cent of Labour supporters would not accept their child if they came out as gay, a higher percentage than UKIP (6 per cent), the Conservatives (3 per cent) and the Liberal Democrats (1 per cent).

Although, those who support the Conservatives are most likely to support their gay child, they are less likely to be happy about it.

Of the Conservative supporters polled, 48 per cent claimed that they would be “happy” if their child came out as gay.

76 per cent of those who vote for the Liberal Democrats said they would be happy, along with 59 per cent of Labour voters and just 37 per cent of UKIP supporters.

As well as being the least likely to be happy if their child came out as gay, UKIP supporters were also the least likely to support their child if they came out as transgender, with just 20 per cent saying that they would still support them if they changed their gender.

Of the Labour voters, 15 per cent said that they would not support their gay child, along with 12 per cent of the Conservative voters.

Interestingly, none of the Liberal Democrat supporters who were surveyed claimed that they would not support a transgender child.

It was found that the respondents were much more likely to continue to support a gay child, as opposed to a transgender child.

Of all the respondents, just short of 90 per cent said that they would support a gay child and 67 per cent claimed that they would support a transgender child.

The survey also found that males are three times more likely to reject a transgender child than women, with 18 per cent of males saying that they would not support them, and 6 per cent of females saying the same.

When looking at the demographics of who would continue support a LGBT child after coming out, it was found that the levels of support vary by region and age.

In the North of England, just 1 per cent claimed that they would not support a gay child, as opposed to 2 per cent of Scotland and 13 per cent of London.

Those living in London were most likely to not support their transgender child, with just 20 per cent saying that they would continue to support their child after coming out as trans.

10 per cent of Scottish people felt the same, as well as 9 per cent of those in the North of England.

Of the age brackets, those between the ages of 40 and 59 claimed that they would support their gay child, with 91 per cent agreeing.

Just 52 per cent of the entire sample claimed that they support gay males becoming dads.

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