Almost half of Australia believes same-sex couples should be allowed to adopt.
Support for same-sex adoption rights has jumped more than 10 percent in the last decade, according to Australia’s largest consumer poll.
Roy Morgan has tracked Australia’s attitudes to homosexuality and rainbow families for the past 10 years through its National Consumer Poll.
The annual survey, completed by 20,000 people each year, asks people if they agree or disagree that homosexual couples should be allowed to adopt, and if they believe homosexuality is immoral.
In 1999 32 percent of people believed gay couples should have adoption rights. That number is now 42.5 percent.
The number of people who believe homosexuality is “immoral” has conversely fallen from 35.5 percent in 2001, to 29 percent last year.
The “progressiveness” of Australians has likewise risen from 32 to 34 percent.
“The trend towards acceptance of homosexuality is real,” Roy Morgan’s CEO Michele Levine said.
“What we’ve noticed over the last 10 years is that Australians are becoming more open-minded in their views about a lot of things, including homosexuality.
Some gay and lesbian people asked to take part in the survey have expressed concern that the wording of the questions may skew the results.
“According to the question, it guides the participant to point out that the homosexual is immoral exclusively,” survey participant Fred Weisinger told Sydney Star Observer.
“It alarmed me that a strictly consumer poll should include such a loaded question. It does not seem a very harmless question.”
Levine said the wording of the poll had not changed in close to 20 years.
“You always run a little bit of a risk when you ask questions about anything  people might be uncomfortable with. But it gets people excited because they can’t believe that the issue even exists, and why would we even be asking it,” she said.
“We ask because it used to be an issue and it’s faded. If you don’t ask, you don’t know. We’re not trying to upset people.
A NSW Senate inquiry into same-sex adoption earlier this year recommended the Government amend the Adoption Act to provide equal rights for gay and lesbian couples. Inquiry committee members David Clarke and Greg Donnelly were staunchly opposed to any such reforms.
“I don’t think there is any mandate for the Government to act in this report and I don’t think it is in the best interest of the children,” the Coalition’s David Clarke said. Labor’s Donnelly vowed to petition Government members to oppose reforms.
Both were contacted by Sydney Star Observer to comment on the Roy Morgan statistics. Neither responded in time for publication.

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