Is French society evolving faster than those governing the country? The answer is yes if we believe in the latest survey “Living conditions and aspirations” of Crédoc (Research centre for the study and monitoring of living standards).
The survey shows that in 2010, nearly one in two French (48%) believes that two persons of the same sex should be allowed to adopt a child; four years ago, the percentage was only 40%. And they are now 61% to consider that two people of the same sex should be allowed to form a civil union, against 55 % in 2007.
THE SIXTY-YEAR-OLDS HAVE CHANGED THEIR MINDS
The study’s author, Régis Bigot, highlights that it is mostly the sixty-year-olds who have changed their minds. In 2007, 63% of them were opposed to civil unions for gay and lesbian couples; today, in this range of age, there are almost as many supporters as opponents (48% and 52%). After their parents, could gays and lesbians have managed to convince their grandparents?
According to Crédoc, that analyzes long-term evolution of French society, “these changes are part of a shift away from certain traditional attitudes”. This also applies to marriage, which is less perceived as an indissoluble union. Similarly, the value of family “rests fundamental, but less hegemonic”.