Only half of young people are attracted exclusively to the opposite sex, new polls shows 

Only half of all young people are solely attracted to members of the opposite sex, a poll has revealed.

In a sign that attitudes towards expressing sexuality are shifting, a survey of 18 to 24 year-olds in the UK found just over 50 per cent are ‘only attracted to those of the opposite sex’.

As the age groups got older, the proportion of people who were only attracted to the opposite sex got higher, The Times reports. 

Countless celebrities have revealed they are attracted to both sexes in recent years – including model Cara Delevingne, Riverdale actress Lili Reinhart, pop star Miley Cyrus, Will Smith‘s daughter Willow and actor Keiynan Lonsdale.

Of those aged between 41 to 54, the survey found 76 per cent were solely attracted to the opposite sex – but 81 per cent of 55 to 75 year olds gave the same answer, the Ipsos Mori poll found.

Only half of all young people are solely attracted to members of the opposite sex, a poll has revealed. Countless celebrities have come out attracted to both sexes in recent years - including model Cara Delevingne (pictured)

Only half of all young people are solely attracted to members of the opposite sex, a poll has revealed. Countless celebrities have come out attracted to both sexes in recent years - including model Cara Delevingne (pictured)

Riverdale actress Lili Reinhart is also attracted to men and women

Riverdale actress Lili Reinhart is also attracted to men and women

Only half of all young people are solely attracted to members of the opposite sex, a poll has revealed. Countless celebrities have revealed they are attracted to both sexes in recent years -including model Cara Delevingne (left) and Riverdale actress Lili Reinhart (right)

In a sign that attitudes towards expressing sexuality are shifting, a survey of 18 to 24 year-olds in the UK found just over 50 per cent are 'only attracted to those of the opposite sex'. Will Smith's daughter Willow revealed she is attracted to both sexes

In a sign that attitudes towards expressing sexuality are shifting, a survey of 18 to 24 year-olds in the UK found just over 50 per cent are 'only attracted to those of the opposite sex'. Will Smith's daughter Willow revealed she is attracted to both sexes

Actor Keiynan Lonsdale revealed he is attracted to both sexes

Actor Keiynan Lonsdale revealed he is attracted to both sexes

In a sign that attitudes towards expressing sexuality are shifting, a survey of 18 to 24 year-olds in the UK found just over 50 per cent are ‘only attracted to those of the opposite sex’. Will Smith’s daughter Willow (left) and actor Keiynan Lonsdale (right) have revealed they are attracted to both sexes

The survey asked 1,127 adults in the UK and 1,005 in the US and got similar results.

Expert in the psychology of sexual orientation at Trent University in Ontario, Canada, Karen Blair told the paper: ‘The increases at least partially represent an increase in willingness and ability to come out.

‘Each recent generation has faced fewer and fewer external pressures to conform to heterosexuality.’

She said under-25s are having a ‘drastically different’ experience to the older generations due to changes in how sexuality is perceived.

A US survey this week found that a record 5.6 percent of Americans now identify as LGBTQ – with the majority saying they are bisexual.

As the age groups got older, the proportion of people who were only attracted to the opposite sex got higher, The Times reports. Pop star Miley Cyrus (pictured) has dated both men and women

As the age groups got older, the proportion of people who were only attracted to the opposite sex got higher, The Times reports. Pop star Miley Cyrus (pictured) has dated both men and women

As the age groups got older, the proportion of people who were only attracted to the opposite sex got higher, The Times reports. Pop star Miley Cyrus (pictured) has dated both men and women

Gallup on Tuesday published its latest update on LGBTQ identification, showing a 1.1 percent increase since the poll was last conducted in 2017.

It marks the largest increase since the survey began in 2012, with an estimated 18 million adults in America identifying as LGBTQ last year.

The results, based on more than 15,000 interviews conducted throughout 2020 with Americans aged 18 and older, found that younger generations were more likely to say they are LGBTQ with one in six Generation Z adults aged between 18 and 23 – or 15.9 percent – identifying as such.

This dropped to less than two percent in respondents who were born before 1965.   

An estimated that a record 5.6 percent of all Americans now identify as LGBTQ

An estimated that a record 5.6 percent of all Americans now identify as LGBTQ

An estimated that a record 5.6 percent of all Americans now identify as LGBTQ

A record 15.9% of Generation Z Americans now identify as LGBTQ, according to a new poll from Gallup published Wednesday. Less than 2% of those born before 1965 do

A record 15.9% of Generation Z Americans now identify as LGBTQ, according to a new poll from Gallup published Wednesday. Less than 2% of those born before 1965 do

A record 15.9% of Generation Z Americans now identify as LGBTQ, according to a new poll from Gallup published Wednesday. Less than 2% of those born before 1965 do

‘One of the main reasons LGBT identification has been increasing over time is that younger generations are far more likely to consider themselves to be something other than heterosexual,’ wrote Gallup senior editor Jeff Jones.

‘It reflects what we are seeing in society and the way society is changing.’

‘The pronounced generational differences raise questions about whether higher LGBT identification in younger than older Americans reflects a true shift in sexual orientation, or if it merely reflects a greater willingness of younger people to identify as LGBT,’ Jones added.

‘To the extent it reflects older Americans not wanting to acknowledge an LGBT orientation, the Gallup estimates may underestimate the actual population prevalence of it.’

Prior to this year, the most the percentage of Americans who identify as LGBTQ had increased was by .4 points between 2016 and 2017.

It has climbed from 3.5 percent in 2012, just over a two percent increase in 18 years.

In last year’s survey, Gallup reported that 86.7 percent of Americans say they are heterosexual or straight, while 7.6 percent do not answer the question about their sexual orientation.

This response had grown from an average of 5 percent in previous surveys.

In prior years, Gallup had not asked respondents to identify their exact sexual orientation, only asking for yes or no answers in response to whether or not they were LGBTQ.

With the inclusion of the question in 2020, it found that 54.6 percent identify as bisexual while almost a quarter say they are gay.

Another 11.7 percent identified as lesbian and 11.3 percent as transgender. 

And a further 3.3 percent volunteered another non-heterosexual preference such as queer or same-gender-loving.

The results found that an estimated 11.5% of Gen Z Americans identify as bisexual. This drops to below 2% for Americans born before 1980, as pictured above

The results found that an estimated 11.5% of Gen Z Americans identify as bisexual. This drops to below 2% for Americans born before 1980, as pictured above

The results found that an estimated 11.5% of Gen Z Americans identify as bisexual. This drops to below 2% for Americans born before 1980, as pictured above

The Gallup poll found that most LGBTQ Americans identify as bisexual, as pictured

The Gallup poll found that most LGBTQ Americans identify as bisexual, as pictured

The Gallup poll found that most LGBTQ Americans identify as bisexual, as pictured

The Gallup poll in 2020 had marked the biggest increase in Americans identifying as LGBTQ

The Gallup poll in 2020 had marked the biggest increase in Americans identifying as LGBTQ

The Gallup poll in 2020 had marked the biggest increase in Americans identifying as LGBTQ

A record 15.9% of Generation Z Americans now identify as LGBTQ, according to a new poll from Gallup published Wednesday. Less than 2% of those born before 1965 do

A record 15.9% of Generation Z Americans now identify as LGBTQ, according to a new poll from Gallup published Wednesday. Less than 2% of those born before 1965 do

 A record 15.9% of Generation Z Americans now identify as LGBTQ, according to a new poll from Gallup published Wednesday. Less than 2% of those born before 1965 do

Gallup estimates from these results that within the entire US adult population, 3.1 percent of Americans identify as bisexual, 1.4 percent as gay, 0.7 percent as lesbian and 0.6 percent as transgender.

The number of Americans identifying as bisexual is far higher among younger generations.

The Gallup poll found 72 percent of Generation Z adults who identify as LGBT say they are bisexual compared to half of millennials. It falls significantly lower in older generations.

The survey estimated as a result that 11.5 percent of American Gen Z adults identify as bisexual. This falls to 5.1 percent among Millennials, 1.8 percent in Generation X and 0.3 percent in Baby Boomers and Traditionalists.

As well as the divide by generations, the poll also found significant gender difference among the respondents.

According to the Gallup report, women are more likely than men to identify as LGBT – 6.4 percent vs. 4.9 percent, respectively – and women are also more likely to identify as bisexual.

Political differences also showed up with 13 percent of liberals identifying as LGBT, 4.4 percent of moderates and 2.3 percent of conservatives.

The divide was not as significant among party lines. The survey estimated that 8.8 percent of Democrats identify as LGBTQ, 6.5 percent of independents and 1.7 percent of Republicans.

However, the survey also found that there appears to be no meaningful divide in terms of education.

College graduates identify as LGBTQ at 5.6 percent compared to 5.7 percent of college nongraduates.

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