A small survey of New Zealand residents has found that 39 per cent believe homosexuality is morally wrong.

The research was carried out by UMR, which conducted telephone interviews with 750 people.

Women and young people were found to more likely to say homosexuality was morally acceptable.

Sixty-nine per cent of women said it was, compared to 53 per cent of men.

It was also found that 71 per cent of those under 44 years of age had liberal views on homosexuality but only 41 per cent of those over 60 felt the same.

Other findings of the survey showed that 52 per cent of people thought wearing fur was morally unacceptable.

Cloning humans was found to be the most contentious issue, with only seven per cent of respondents saying it was acceptable.