Are self-reported biases significant?

People Are More Homophobic Than They Say They Are

The Supreme Court’s June 26 ruling legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide may have registered as a transformative moment in and of itself, but it also served as the culmination of one of the more massive — and rapid — shifts in public opinion in recent history. In 2005, just 36 percent of Americans favored allowing gay and lesbian people to marry legally. By the time of the decision it was 57 percent, and, when asked, straight Americans now express more positive attitudes toward those groups than ever before. But what about how people actually feel, not just what they say? It’s easy to say you don’t harbor prejudice against some group, but how would you react when placed in a situation where you had to make a split-second decision, one that might betray your true feelings? ….[READ]

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