In a press release Thursday, the state-run polling company claimed the respondents “said media and propaganda were the key factors contributing to development of a person’s non-traditional sexual orientation.”
Other factors some of 1,600 people polled attributed to causing homosexuality were the influence of friends (35%) and parents (33%), and a negative experience with a member of the opposite sex (16%).
According to [the Center], the public perception of gays and lesbians in Russia is worse than that of people of other ethnicity, faith or social status. The poll found that 45% of those questioned feel negative about the need to communicate with homosexuals. About 38& said that people of non-traditional orientation do not provoke any special emotional reaction.
Homophobia is rampant through Russia: Pride parades have been disbanded in Moscow and St. Petersburg has passed a broad “gay-propaganda” ban, with other cities discussing similar ordinances.