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Newsweek Poll: 6 Of 10 Americans Say Gays Can Be Good Parents

October 28, 1996

NEW YORK (AP) _ Nearly six in 10 Americans think that gays can be just as good at parenting as heterosexuals, but almost half oppose adoption by gay couples, according to a Newsweek poll released Sunday.

The poll of 929 adults appears in the Nov. 4 issue of the magazine.

The majority _ 57 percent _ said gays can be equally good parents as heterosexuals. Thirty-one percent believed they can’t, and 12 percent said they were uncertain.

When asked whether there should be adoption rights for gay spouses, 47 percent said no and 36 percent were in favor; 17 percent were undecided.

Newsweek said the opposition was down from previous surveys: 65 percent opposed gay adoption rights in 1994, and 52 percent were against it in May.

The most recent survey, conducted by phone Oct. 17-18, had a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

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