Do you think that social attitudes are really changing?

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Do you think that social attitudes are really changing?
Fri, 10-18-2013 - 3:09pm

It seems that there are stories frequently on the news about people boycotting businesses for their anti-gay sentiments, but a recent study found that social attitudes might not be as open as we think: 

So a team from Ohio State University and Boston University compared these survey techniques to another strategy that provided even more privacy and anonymity to participants, by guaranteeing that even the researchers could not connect the volunteers to their answers. Among the 2,516 U.S. volunteers who were randomly assigned to answer questions about their sexuality using one or the other survey method, those taking the more veiled survey were 65% more likely to report a non-heterosexual identity themselves and 59% more likely to report having a same-sex sexual experience than those using the standard survey technique.

The veiled method also revealed more people with anti-gay sentiment than among those taking the other type of survey. The participants were 67% more likely to disapprove of an openly gay manager at work and 71% more likely to admit that it was acceptable to discriminate against people who are lesbians, gay or bisexual.

Read more: http://healthland.time.com/2013/10/07/social-attitudes-about-sexual-orientation-may-not-be-as-open-as-previously-thought/

What has your experience been, do you really think that people are changing their attitude?