Pakistan among least tolerant of homosexuality globally: Survey

Rejection of homosexuality is widespread in predominantly Muslim nations, finds survey.


Web Desk June 14, 2013
People who say homosexuality should be accepted in society. PHOTO: PEWGLOBAL.ORG

A new survey by the Pew Research Center has found that Pakistan is among the least tolerant countries out of 39 surveyed, when it comes to homosexuality.

The global survey found that “there is broad acceptance of homosexuality in North America, the European Union, and much of Latin America. However, rejection of homosexuality is equally widespread in predominantly Muslim nations and in sub-Saharan Africa, as well as in parts of Asia and in Russia.”

The countries that viewed homosexuality most positively were:

Spain (88% say it should be accepted by society)

Germany (87%)

Czech Republic (80%)

Canada (80%)

Australia (79%)

France (77%)

Britain (76%)

Argentina (74%)

Italy (74%)

Philippines (73%)

The countries that viewed homosexuality least positively were:

Nigeria (1% say it should be accepted by society)

Pakistan (2%)

Tunisia (2%)

Ghana (3%)

Senegal (3%)

Egypt (3%)

Jordan (3%)

Indonesia (3%)

Uganda (4%)

Palestinian territories (4%)

Homosexuality has widespread rejection in predominantly Muslim nations and in Africa, as well as in parts of Asia and in Russia, the survey found.

In another key finding, the PEW Survey found that attitudes about homosexuality have been “fairly stable in recent years, except in South Korea, the United States and Canada, where the percentage saying homosexuality should be accepted by society has grown by at least ten percentage points since 2007.”

The richest countries in the world were found to have more positive views on homosexuality, while poorer countries with high levels of religiosity found it least acceptable. Additionally, younger respondents were found to be offering more tolerant views than older ones. Women were consistently more accepting of homosexuality than men.

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asif | 7 years ago | Reply | Recommend

@Ali Hamza: i want to know what is more special in KPK than the entire of pakistan

Naveed Alam Khattak | 7 years ago | Reply | Recommend

@Billoo Bhaya... I think you experienced something in KPK.

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