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Mattographer
Apr 19th, 2007, 02:01 PM
ALMOST one in four Australians don't want homosexuals as neighbours, an international survey has found.

Australians are less bigoted on the subject than people in Northern Ireland, said John Mangan, professor of economics at the University of Queensland.

Prof Mangan is co-author of a paper interpreting statistics from the Human Beliefs and Values Survey, conducted in 24 Western countries between 1999 and 2002.

He said the results showed anti-gay prejudice was by no means confined to Australia.

"The conclusion is the most prevalent form of bigotry is homophobia," he said.

"It's everybody except Scandinavians, so it's not a particularly Australian thing."

Of the 2048 people sampled by phone in Australia, 24.7 per cent said they did not want homosexuals living next door.

But the figure was exceeded by survey respondents in Austria (26.7 per cent), Greece (26.8), the Republic of Ireland (27.5) Italy (28.7) and Portugal (25.6).

And Northern Ireland came out on top, with 36 per cent saying they did not want gay neighbours.

The least prejudiced nationality in the survey was Sweden, where only six per cent said they would object.

Australia fared relatively well in other categories, with only 4.6 per cent of people saying they would not like people of a different race as neighbours and 4.5 per cent objecting to immigrants or foreign workers next door.

Italians, on 15.6 per cent, topped the list of those who didn't want a different race next door.

The Northern Irish held the strongest views on immigrants and foreign workers, with 19 per cent saying they were not desirable neighbours.
Prof Mangan said the reasons why the various national attitudes evolved would be the subject of further research.

Factors influencing bigotry included income levels, whether people were employed or not, education levels and political leanings.

"Tolerance seems to rise with education more than anything else," Prof Mangan said.

"But you can have quite wealthy people who are older and probably have less formal education who tend to have more fixed beliefs."

His research has been published recently in the international economics journal, Kyklos.

The paper, entitled Love Thy Neighbour: How Much Bigotry is there is Western Countries, was co-authored by Professor Vani Borooah (Vani Borooah) of the University of Ulster.

SOURCE: http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,21585269-2,00.html#

Monica_Rules
Apr 19th, 2007, 02:16 PM
Like its going to affect the neighbours:o LOL!

I live with a lesbien for christ sake its not catching:rolleyes:

GeeTee
Apr 19th, 2007, 02:49 PM
ALMOST one in four Australians don't want homosexuals as neighbours

I live with a lesbien

If they'd surveyed only guys, asking if they wanted a couple of hot lesbians living next door, the results would be a whole lot different! :p

LoveFifteen
Apr 19th, 2007, 03:19 PM
Only an idiot wouldn't want a homosexual neighbor. When gay couples move into a neighborhood, property values go up.

Wait ... I guess renters would have a good reason to hate gays! :tape:

"Sluggy"
Apr 19th, 2007, 03:28 PM
How come all of the sensible people live in Australia!



Only kidding of course.

I have no problem with gay neighbours, surely I already have plenty of them. I just dont want to hear anyone having sex if the walls are thin. I can only imagine "bang me you B - - - H!"

Dementieva_Dude
Apr 19th, 2007, 03:58 PM
How come all of the sensible people live in Australia!



Only kidding of course.

I have no problem with gay neighbours, surely I already have plenty of them. I just dont want to hear anyone having sex if the walls are thin. I can only imagine "bang me you B - - - H!"

Because heteros are silent when they have sex? :confused: :p

LoveFifteen
Apr 19th, 2007, 04:03 PM
Because heteros are silent when they have sex? :confused: :p

It's a typical "I'll say I don't have a problem with gays right before I say something that's blatantly prejudiced against gays" routine! :o

venus_rulez
Apr 19th, 2007, 04:07 PM
That shit needs to change before I get there in Septemeber.

timafi
Apr 19th, 2007, 04:09 PM
man you can't catch it,it's not chicken pox:rolleyes: :rolleyes:

ToeTag
Apr 19th, 2007, 04:11 PM
ALMOST one in four Australians don't want homosexualsThe hets probably don't want to share all the gay porn they watch. Ppl say all kinds of things in surveys--I wouldn't take it too seriously.

HippityHop
Apr 19th, 2007, 09:16 PM
How can this be? I thought that only people in the United States were such narrowminded cretins? Certainly not in Europe and Australia. :confused:

Kart
Apr 19th, 2007, 09:29 PM
Honestly does Scandanavia get any bad press about anything ?

I really need to visit it someday.

Mind you, I think Sweden couldn't really vote any other way seeing they gave us Abba.

G-Ha
Apr 19th, 2007, 09:41 PM
this just confirms for me that it's still generally more acceptable to be anti-gay than it is to be anti-other groups. nearly 25% of respondents in australia don't want a gay neighbor, but only 4.6% of the same respondents wouldn't want a neighbor of a different race...that's a pretty significant difference.

samsung101
Apr 19th, 2007, 09:47 PM
75% of Aussies polled do have positive view of gay as neighbor.

Doesn't that mean three out of four do want or don't care at all?



That would be an overwhelming majority under any circumstances.


I would presume about 1 out of 4 don't want pretty much anyone
as their neighbor - loud, smoker, dog owner, cat owner, music lover,
music hater, hairy, bald, morning person,evening person......

LeRoy.
Apr 19th, 2007, 10:51 PM
From the survey it seems that people from North Ireland tend to be xenophobic and homophobic.

austennis
Apr 19th, 2007, 10:59 PM
I wish my neighbour was gay lol..