Heterosexuals' attitudes toward bisexual men and women in the United States

  title={Heterosexuals' attitudes toward bisexual men and women in the United States},
  author={Gregory M. Herek},
  journal={The Journal of Sex Research},
  pages={264 - 274}
  • G. Herek
  • Published 1 November 2002
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • The Journal of Sex Research
This paper examines heterosexual adults’ attitudes toward bisexual men and women using data from a 1999 national RDD survey (N = 1,335). Ratings on 101‐point feeling thermometers were lower (less favorable) for bisexual men and bisexual women than for all other groups assessed—including religious, racial, ethnic, and political groups—except injecting drug users. More negative attitudes toward bisexuals were associated with higher age, less education, lower annual income, residence in the South… 
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