• Journal Article

Public Opinion in Hong Kong about Gays and Lesbians: The Impact of Interpersonal and Imagined Contact

Citation

Lau, C., & Loper, K. (2014). Public Opinion in Hong Kong about Gays and Lesbians: The Impact of Interpersonal and Imagined Contact. International Journal of Public Opinion Research, 26(3), 301-322. DOI: 10.1093/ijpor/edu016

Abstract

Using data from a 2013 telephone survey in Hong Kong (N = 850), we investigate how interpersonal and imagined contact with gays and lesbians affects attitudes toward gay people and gay rights. We also study the demographic correlates of interpersonal contact with gays and lesbians, as well as the correlates of attitudes toward gay people and gay rights. For all demographic groups, we found strong associations between interpersonal contact and favorable attitudes. Using a split ballot experiment, we found that asking respondents to imagine contact with a same-sex couple produced more favorable attitudes among respondents who had no prior interpersonal contact with gay people. For individuals who had prior interpersonal contact with gay people, imagined contact had no effect