Polling confirms the obvious: anti-gay sentiment strongly correlates to religiosity.

Pew just released a poll which confirms what is plain to see:

“Acceptance of homosexuality is particularly widespread in countries where religion is less central in people’s lives. These are also among the richest countries in the world,” Pew said in its summary of the findings.

“In contrast, in poorer countries with high levels of religiosity, few believe homosexuality should be accepted by society,” it added.

Next they’ll conduct a poll to see if a diet of nothing but ice cream and Snickers is related to being overweight.

What strikes me as the more important part is how poverty has a positive correlation with religiosity, while in wealthier countries religiosity falls off.  If you want to see atheism really surge, help people live a better quality of life.  Make sure they’re educated and that they are able to see that true hope comes from reality, no from fantasies empowered by a lack of worldly knowledge.

  • Dekker Van Wyk

    This is like conducting a poll on the place where bears most often defecate even though everybody knows it happens to be the woods.

    • Nate Frein

      Considering that many studies like this end up showing that the “common sense” answer to a question ends up being wrong…

      This stuff is worth doing.

      • John H

        Yes, as much fun as it is to joke about proving the obvious, it’s actually really important, and it’s frequently undervalued (especially in academia, where evidence that challenges the orthodoxy gets much more attention than that which backs it up).

      • Dekker Van Wyk

        You are of course quite correct about this. Also because as obvious the answer is, I still encounter gay Christians online and IRL that insist that Christianity and homophobia are not correlated.

  • baal

    The down side is that the religious might see the study to and then start to systematically defund public schools and things like food stamps….

    • John H

      Hehe, “start”

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