Over the past five years, American public opinion on homosexuality has rapidly shifted in a more positive direction. Its subjugation exemplifies how an intimate and singular topic can be used to ignite and potentially misguide the American people, resulting in violent demonstration and even death. Although public opinion has shifted towards a greater acceptance of homosexuality, viewpoints are still very polarized. In addition to the available literature, elements from the complete data set of the General Social Survey (1972–2014) were analyzed to better understand this polarization that persists. Subject-specific variables concerning homosexuality were extrapolated and simple Ordinary Least Squares regression models were tested using STATA version SE 12.1. The evidence gathered supports this thesis’ assertion that Snyder’s theory of hope, when applied to the topic of homosexuality, provides a uniquely useful and alternative lens through which to explain the polarization of current public opinion about homosexuality in America.
|Advisor:||Edwards, Vicki L., Hunter, Angela|
|School:||University of Arkansas at Little Rock|
|Department:||Philosophy and Liberal Studies|
|School Location:||United States -- Arkansas|
|Source:||MAI 56/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Cultural anthropology, Social research, LGBTQ studies, Psychology|
|Keywords:||Behavioral studies, Faith, Goals, Homosexuality, Public opinion, Theory of hope|
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