A new survey
shows that gay men are less likely to cut back on spending
due to the economy than heterosexuals or lesbians. The
online Harris Interactive poll indicates that in
several categories, gay men report being less affected
by the looming recession.
According to the
survey, 55% of American adults, 55% of heterosexuals,
and 55% of gay men expect to be affected by the economy,
while 75% of lesbians express the same. When it comes
to categories of expenses, though, the differences are
more pronounced. For example, 45% of gay men are
likely to reduce entertainment-related spending, with 61% of
lesbians and 51% of heterosexuals reporting the
same. On taking a vacation of more than a
week in the next six months, 32% of gay men said
that they were likely to do so, compared to 24% of lesbians
and 28% of straight people. However, a greater
percentage of gay men and lesbians -- both 60% -- than
heterosexuals -- 56% -- said they were likely to
reduce spending on gifts during the holiday season.
The survey of
2,449 Americans over the age of 18 was conducted in October
and included 232 self-identified gay men and lesbians.