Poll: 7 in 10 Russians are against the ‘justification and display of homosexuality’
Over 70% of Russians are against justification and public display of homosexual relations, with only 12% in favour, a new poll has found.
The poll, published by the Levada Center, was published to coincide with the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT), today.
The results found that just 12% of respondents believe sex with someone of the same sex is normal sexual behaviour, and equal to heterosexual relations.
35% of respondents believed that same-sex relations were a disease or a result of psychological trauma, and 43% thought it was a bad habit.
On whether respondents believed that homosexuality should be punishable by law, 13% said they thought so, with 38% of respondents saying gay people should have special treatment, and another 38% saying gay people should be “left alone”.
Just eight percent thought that gay people should be allowed to live a normal life by society, with ten refusing to answer.
A rally to mark IDAHOT today was held in Russia’s second largest city St Petersburg, which was attended by many in opposition to “homosexual propaganda”, including City Council deputy Vitaly Milonov, who authored the anti-gay propaganda bill.
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The survey was conducted on April 19-22 among 1,600 respondents from 45 Russian regions. The margin of error is below 3.4 percent.