Public Opinion in Hong Kong about Gays and Lesbians: The Impact of
Interpersonal and Imagined Contact
Authors: Holning Lau, Charles Q. Lau, Kelley Loper
Title: Public Opinion in Hong Kong about Gays and Lesbians: The Impact of Interpersonal and Imagined Contact
Publication venue: Article, published in the International Journal of Public Opinion Research
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. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of The World Association for Public Opinion Research 2013. This work is written by a US Government employee and is in the public domain in the US.