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Jakarta Post

Homophobia on the rise, survey says

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, October 22 2012   /  10:33 am

A new survey published on Sunday revealed that intolerance of minorities is growing, with the highest level of hostility directed at the gay and lesbian community.

The Indonesian Survey Circle (LSI) found in its most recent poll that a staggering 80.6 percent of its sample population objected to having gays or lesbians as neighbors. The figure has jumped significantly from 64.7 percent in 2005.
LSI found that intolerance of homosexuals was higher than the respondents’ aversion toward people adhering to different faiths, which stood at 15.1 percent. For the survey, LSI interviewed 1,200 respondents between Oct. 1 and Oct. 8.

The respondents even preferred to live next door to what they deemed as followers of deviant sects like Shi’ism and Ahmadiyah, rather than with gays or lesbians.

The survey revealed that 41.8 percent and 46.6 percent respectively of the re...