19 April 2012, 15:43
Almost 90% of Russian citizens support ban on homosexual "propaganda" - poll
Moscow, April 19, Interfax - 6% of Russian citizens polled recently said they had been confronted with instances of homosexual "propaganda", the state-run pollster VTsIOM said after polling citizens in 46 regions on April 14 and 15.
The figure for Muscovites and residents of St. Petersburg was 14% and for respondents with a higher education 10%.
Respondents said that homosexual propaganda is most common on television (59%). 15% of those polled said it is discussed with friends and at recreation centers, on the Internet (12%) or in the media in general (10%). Another 8% said this issue is being intensively discussed.
92% of those polled said they had never been confronted by homosexual "propaganda", and most (96%) were rural residents.
86% of those surveyed said a ban should be imposed on homosexual "propaganda" among minors, while 89% of elderly respondents, 89% of Liberal Democrats ad 88% of Communists agreed.
Only 6% of respondents oppose the measure and most were citizens aged under 35 (9%), supporters of unregistered parties (15%) and respondents who have friends with a non-traditional sexual orientation (16%).
Russia has not passed a law banning homosexual "propaganda" among minors. But local legislative regulations were adopted in the Ryazan, Arkhangelsk and Kostroma regions and in St. Petersburg banning so-called propaganda.
A legal act that envisions administrative liability for homosexual propaganda and pedophilia among minors was adopted in St. Petersburg in March.
A bill banning homosexual propaganda was submitted to the State Duma on the initiative of the Novosibirsk regional legislature, which proposed a fine of 4,000 to 5,000 rubles for homosexual propaganda among minors by private citizens, 40,000 to 50,000 rubles by officials, and 400,000 to 500,000 by legal entities.