More than 80% of Russians are against same-sex marriage
Homophobia is still rather widespread in Russia, and over the past eight years, these feelings have become stronger, according to a study by sociologists, Interfax reports on the results of a “Levada Centre” opinion poll, carried out in February amongst adults in the country.
According to the results of the study, 85% of Russians are against allowing same-sex marriage in the Russian Federation, and about as many (87%) do not want to see regular gay parades in Russian cities.
The number of supporters of this type of marriage has decreased over the past three years from 14% to 5% while the number of those who would not be against gay parades is still around 6%.
As it turns out, 23% of Russians are tolerant of those with different sexual orientations, and understand the problems they face, suggesting we leave these people to their own devices, while another 27% believe that these people should seek psychological help. The rest of society can be divided into the following categories: 16% suggest isolating homosexuals from society, 22% insist they should receive involuntary treatment, while 5 percent insist on their “liquidation”.
As sociologists report, an attitude of homophobia has intensified over the past eight years. Accordingly, the number of those who would be happy to leave gays and lesbians “to their own devices” fell by 7%, the number of those who believe they should receive involuntary treatment increased by 5%, and the number of people who believe they should be isolated from society increased by 4%.
In response to one particular question: “How do you personally feel about gays and lesbians?”, practically every other person expressed disgust and anger, while another 18% felt threatened. 23% of those surveyed feel “calm, without any particular feelings” about them, while 4% feel positively about them.
From 1,600 participants in the survey, which was conducted in 130 towns in 45 regions of the Russian Federation, 80% of respondents opposed granting homosexuals the right to adopt, 5% had no objections, and 15% did not have a particular opinion about it.
Meanwhile, the vast majority of the respondents (89%) admitted during the course of the survey that they had no friends or relatives who were gay or lesbian, while only 6% said they did. 61% of those questioned said they would be very upset if their children or grandchildren became casualties of homosexual propaganda.
There is currently no unified federal law banning homosexual propaganda amongst minors in Russia. But, in some regions of Russia, such as in the Ryazan, Archangelsk, Kostroma, and Novosibirsk Oblasts, as well as in St. Petersburg, laws have already been passed against this sort of propaganda at a regional level.
In March 2012, on the initiative of the Novosibirsk Oblast Legislative Assembly, a similar project was introduced in the State Duma. MPs proposed changes to the administrative code, allowing fines for distributing homosexual propaganda to adolescents ranging from 4,000 to 5,000 [£90-£110, 100-125€] roubles. For persons in positions of responsibility, the fine would increase to 40,000 to 50,000 [£900-£1,100, 1,000-1,250€] roubles, and for lawmakers, the cost would be from 400,000 to 500,000 roubles [£9,000-£11,000, 10,000-12,500€].
The State Duma of the Russian Federation passed a draft law banning the homosexual propaganda amongst young people on first reading on the 25th January 2013. The conclusion of the document states that the 47 subjects of the Russian Federation reviewed the bill, and all reviews were positive.
The USA and several European countries have criticised the move by MPs. The High Representative of the [European] Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton, has stated that the bill is inconsistent with the principles of the European Convention on Human Rights.
When asked by “Levada Centre” sociologists to express their opinion on the bill, two thirds (67%) of respondents confirmed that they supported the act, 13% were against, 5% abstained, while 14% said they did not care about this question.
Comments from Ridus.ru:
It’s not really worth calling it homophobia. Rejecting what their activists are doing is a dislike, but not a phobia.
NOCTmind: (responding to above)
So it’s not worth mixing up the idea of “gays” and “poofs“.
bagimot: (responding to above)
Is there a difference?
Dobryak: (responding to above)
There’s a difference: there are ten times as many of the second.
NOCTmind: (also responding to previous commenter)
Poofs are those who put their sex life out on display for all to see. I’m against that.
Only 6% of respondents HAVE PERSONALLY MET a gay or a lesbian. Is that a lot???
Well, people are afraid of the unknown.
The Nazis physically destroyed the gays. Perhaps finally, we’ll start to respect everyone’s right to a private life?
Of course, that doesn’t mean that shouting it from the rooftops should become the new norm. For our children’s mental health. But forbidding people from living how they want is wrong.
Some people are born gay, and there’s nothing you can do about it.
“Meanwhile, the vast majority of the respondents (89%) admitted during the course of the survey that they had no friends or relatives who were gay or lesbian”
Nobody has seen them, but they KNOW ABSOLUTELY that “there are more and more of them” and are terrified of the effectiveness of “gay propaganda” :)))
What is this if it’s not a phobia?
NOCTmind: (responding to above)
It’s called paranoia
oiisac: (responding to above)
If they’d surveyed the number of Russians who were against interracial marriage the result would have been about the same.
But that would be too extremist.
It’s time to remember that “95% of the population are idiots”.
coyoteOdin: (responding to above)
Well, according to this poll, it’s a bit less than 95%, about 85-87%.
Why do gays want to get married. Live and let live. Why do they need state recognition. They should be happy that the state isn’t chasing them down. The less the state interferes in a person’s life, the better.
DMG: (responding to above)
Well, why bother with marriage at all then?
Dobryak: (responding to above)