Same Sex Marriage Studies
Wyatt Craven is a guest blogger this week for the Show Me Justice Film Festival blog. Wyatt is a senior at the University of Central Missouri and is majoring in Digital media Production with an emphasis in sports broadcasting.
Depending on the type of person, same sex marriage can be a very touchy subject in today’s society. While every person is entitled to their own opinion we can actually categorize people, and biased on their class, gender, and race we can determine how many people agree with the idea of same sex marriage and how many oppose it.
When questioning which social class is most likely to disagree with the idea of same sex marriage, it is a close race. The working, middle, and upper class each ranged within half a percent of each other, but when it comes down to it, the upper class has the highest amount of people who disagree. A possible answer to why this is, could be money. Not that every person with money is extremely conceded, however there is a stereotype that very wealthy people do slightly look down on those whom they feel are lesser than them.
Now if we take a look at those who were neutral on same sex marriage, lower class ranks the lowest with 12.9% and upper class ranks the highest with 16.9%. The second lowest was the middle class with 13.4% while the middle class comes next to the upper class with 14.6%. If we bring gender into the mix we can determine that 24% of upper class females agree with same sex marriage. There are a couple of factors that could explain why this is. It could either be the way that they were raised, such as their religious beliefs, or the idea that a cultured and mixed society is more progressive, and more progression means more business opportunity.
While upper class women have the highest rate of agreement with same sex marriage, the combination of male and females create the highest disagreement of all of the classes. Nearly 42% of the upper class disagree with the idea. Males are the primary reason this percentage is so high. Over 25% disagreed, and the reason may be explained by environment. When saying that environment is the cause, it may not necessarily be the environment that they reside in at the moment, but rather the environment in which they were raised in. Things such as their family’s religious views or geographical location may play a big part. Although they have grown and become their own person, those beliefs and values may have stayed with them.
When race is brought into the equation, the number of people opposed can be broken down. White males in the upper class had the lowest number of people opposed, with 41.5%. Following this are the white females in the lower class with 51%. Next are African American females in the working class at 64%. Finally, with 68.8% of their population, African American males in the middle class show the highest amount of disagreement.
When studying the trends of agreement and disagreement, it is clear that the disagreement is higher. It also appears that more males are on the side of disagreement, therefore more females are on the side of agreement. All together it appears that the upper class was more in favor of the idea of same sex marriage while the lower class was more opposed.
There were a couple terms that were used in earlier paragraphs that talked about people’s values and classes, however there were a couple major terms that were not ready to be brought up at that point. These terms are conservative and liberal. It is important to know who out of the people surveyed were conservative and who were liberals. The reason this is important is because it can help us better understand which group as a whole seemed to lean more against same sex marriage. It could be the majority of people were conservative and therefor disagreed with same sex marriage because they feared that it would take away from the cultural values that they have built. On the other hand, those who agreed with same sex marriage may be on the liberal side believing that it would make the country more progressive.
All in all, I would suggest researching this topic on your own to find out even more information that was not provided here. It was a very interesting study and although we don’t have all of the information, such as the political standpoint of every person who was involved with these surveys, we can make pretty good judgements as to who was who.