Bisexual people are the most liberal, says study
Bisexual people are more likely to be politically liberal than other groups, according to a new study.
The study was conducted by University of Oklahoma sociologist Meredith Worthen and was published in Sexuality Research and Social Policy. It looked at political perspectives among lesbian, gay, bisexual and heterosexual students.
The study divided heterosexual people into “mostly heterosexual” and “exclusively heterosexual” and looked at the attitudes of students in the southern United States.
How liberal are bisexual people?
The study found that there was a “sexuality gap” between people who were exclusively heterosexual and those who were not when it came to political opinions.
Social justice was also found to be more important to lesbian, gay and bisexual people than those who were exclusively heterosexual.
Other literature in the past has suggested that bisexual people may be less liberal than gay men and lesbians, however this new study casts doubt over that stereotype.
Meanwhile, the research suggests that exclusively heterosexual people are by far the least politically liberal.
The study’s abstract notes that there is a stereotype that “all gays are liberal” and that – despite this – sexual orientation has been largely overlooked in research into political attitudes.
They also say that there is “evidence of a bisexual woman consciousness that relates to strong liberalism among bisexual college women.”
The study suggests that gay, lesbian and bisexual people might be more likely to be politically liberal because of their oppressed identities.
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