Latvians intolerant toward minorities

The new Eurobarometer survey titled Discrimination in the EU in 2015 shows that Latvians are, on the average, more intolerant than the EU average. 

The survey, encompassing some 1,003 people across the nation, was conducted from May 30 to June 8 this year.

Even though 50% Latvians say discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is rare or non-existent, only 42% think that these people should have the same rights as heterosexual people, compared with the EU average of 71%.

Only 23% say there's nothing wrong in a sexual relationship between two people of the same sex and 19% think that same-sex marriage should be allowed across Europe, while the respective rates are 67 and 61% for the EU average.

When answering to the question how would the respondents feel if the highest elected political position were occupied by a member of a minority, Latvians were the least pleased about the thought that people with a different sexual orientation, transgender people or people aged over 75 would occupy it.

On the flip side, though, despite that the majority (57%) of Latvians still don't know where to turn if they face discrimination, the number of those who do has increased by 13% in the years since 2012, reaching 38%.

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