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International Study Shows Widespread Dislike For Gay Neighbors

Posted by pozlife on April 20, 2007

by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff

Posted: April 19, 2007 – 7:00 pm ET 

(New York City) An international study of attitudes towards gays shows large number of people still do not want gay neighbors.

People in Northern Ireland showed the most distain for having a gay neighbor. Thirty-six percent of those questioned said they did not want a gay or lesbian living next door.

The study, “Love Thy Neighbor: How Much Bigotry is there is Western Countries”, was co-authored by Prof. Vani Borooah of the University of Ulster and Prof. John Mangan, a professor of economics at the University of Queensland in Australia. 

It was based on statistics from the Human Beliefs and Values Survey, conducted in 24 Western countries between 1999 and 2002.

In Italy opposition to gay neighbors stood at nearly 29 percent, despite a recent separate poll that showed a majority of Italians believe same-sex couples should have domestic partner benefits.

The disparity between the two sets of numbers shows that people tend to support gay rights in the abstract but not are not as supportive when confronted in their own neighborhoods.

The research focused primarily on Europe and Australia. In the Republic of Ireland, 27 percent said they did not want a gay neighbor.  In Austria and Greece it was 26 percent.

Nearly 25 percent of Australians do not want want gays living next door.

Overall the most welcoming country was Sweden where six per cent said they would object to having gay neighbors.

Source: Gay News From 365Gay.com

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