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November 24th RIPS: Support for same-sex marriage in Argentina: Results of survey experiments five years after legalization

DATE: November 24, 2015TIME: 3:30 p.m.LOCATION: KTH-B108

Nov 24, 2015

In 2010, Argentina legalized same-sex marriage, the first country in Latin America to do so. We carried out two public opinion experiments in the 2015 Argentina Panel Election Study (APES) in June 2015. First, we asked, do respondents overstate their support for same-sex marriage due to social desirability bias? To answer this question, we ran a list experiment to elicit responses to socially sensitive questions. Second, what explains support for the right to same-sex marriage? We use a framing experiment to test whether issue framing and value predispositions explain attitudes, after controlling for other characteristics and contact with family or acquaintances who identify as LGBT or are part of a same-sex marriage.

Jordi Díez received his B.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, and his M.A. from the University of Essex. A recipient of numerous research awards, from organizations including the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and the International Development Research Council (IDRC), he is especially interested in comparative politics, Latin American politics, processes of democratization, comparative public policy, social movements, citizenship studies, environmental politics and policy, civil-military relations and the politics of gay and lesbian rights. He recently published The politics of gay marriage in Latin America (Cambridge UP,2015).

Michelle Dion is Associate Professor of Political Science at McMaster University. She specializes in the political economy of pension, health, and social policy in Latin America and teaches courses in comparative public policy, research methodology and statistics for public policy analysis. Her book, Workers and Welfare (U of Pittsburgh Press), explains a century of social protection policies in Mexico. Her research has appeared in Comparative Politics, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Latin American Studies, Social Policy and Administration, Social Politics, and PS: Political Science and Politics, among others.