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05/29/2014 11:55 am ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

Gallup's Values And Beliefs Poll Finds Americans Are Still Split On Homosexuality's Origins

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Despite national advances in the fight for same-sex marriage, Americans remain sharply split on the origins of homosexuality, a new Gallup survey has revealed.

New data from Gallup's annual Values and Beliefs poll found that 37 percent of Americans believed that people became gay or lesbian as the result of favors like upbringing and environment, compared with 42 percent who said that people were born gay. Interestingly, the latter result is down 5 percentage points from 2013, when 47 percent of respondents said they believed people were born gay or lesbian.

The poll revealed some religious, political and demographic splits, too: those with college educations, whites, females, liberals, Democrats, high-income earners, and those who seldom or never attend church were the most likely to believe that being gay or lesbian is something people are born with.

The results of the poll were based on a random sample of 1,028 adults, age 18 and over, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.

Results from an earlier Gallup poll found that support for marriage equality had reached an all-time high in the U.S., with 55 percent of respondents in favor of recognizing same-sex unions.

Read more about the poll here.

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