A new survey by state-run pollster VTsIOM has shown that homophobia in Russia has significantly worsened.
The results are rather worrying, and break down into a few different categories. The first is that the amount of respondents who believe that LGBTQ+ people are dangerous and should be “isolated from society” has grown from 12% in 2004 to 20%.
22% of people said that they didn’t care about other people’s sexuality, which is slightly down from 24% in 2004, whereas 15% of people said that they thought LGBTQ+ people were normal, but that they wouldn’t socialise with them.
The most worrying statistic, though, is that almost half of the respondents (41%) said that they thought that people with “untraditional sexual preferences” should be persecuted, in order to “exterminate the phenomenon.”
In comparison, a tiny 12% said that LGBTQ+ people should be protected from discrimination.
VTsIOM’s communications director, Alexei Firsov, said: “In this aspect Russia is about twice as conservative as even China. It’s interesting that we are swimming against the current, strengthening, despite global trends, intolerance toward homosexual relationships. This indicator might serve as a parameter of national identification.”
We have also seen a corresponding fall in support for same-sex marriage, and a rise in the amount of people against marriage equality.
The same story goes for raising children, as only 3% of people said that LGBT people should be able to raise children. Another 3% supported same-sex marriage, but did not believe they should raise children.
For those of you wondering about the sample size for this study, VTsIOM polled 1,600 Russians in 46 regions and the margin of error was no more then 3.5%