A couple of students here have worked with U.S. General Social Survey data to look at attitudes toward homosexuality. There are a few variables in that survey that get at respondents' attitudes:
HOMOCHNG HOMOSEXUALITY: INHERENT OR CHOICE?
HOMOSEX HOMOSEXUAL SEX RELATIONS
HOMOSEX1 IS HOMOSEXUAL SEX WRONG?
They are hoping to continue this work using Canadian data, but I haven't been able to find any like variables in our GSS cycles or other surveys available in the DLI -- there are surveys dealing with sex and with whether sexual orientation is a factor in victimization, but I can't find any that measure the attitudes of the respondents themselves. Does anyone know if Statistics Canada collects, or has collected, this kind of information? The students want to relate attitudes to religion and ethnicity.
1) The World Values Survey has questions that get at this, and are comparable across a number of countries. The 2000 wave includes questions:
v76 People the respondent would not like to have as neighbours: homosexuals
v208 Behaviour ever justifiable: homosexuality
The data is available from http://www.worldvaluessurvey.org/, as well as ICPSR.
2) There's also the Charter of Rights and Freedoms data collected by CRIC. These deal with gay marriage, equality rights and
discrimination. In addition, there are some Globe and Mail polls that might be helpful, also from CRIC.
Queen's has a huge number of public opinion polls in their CORA archive. Go to:
3) Access to the first three waves of the World values surveys (1981-1995) is available unrestricted, via an SDA interface at:
Limited online analysis of all 4 waves is available at the WVS web site:
It looks as if you can obtain all the data there as well.