Russians have less dislike for nudists than for transsexuals - poll

Russians don't like either nudists or transsexuals but have less dislike for the former than the latter, a poll suggests.

Russians don't like either nudists or transsexuals but have less dislike for the former than the latter, a poll suggests.

Levada Center told Interfax that 12 percent of respondents in the survey said they sympathized with or were tolerant of naturists. The largest single proportion of this category of respondents - 18 percent - were people aged between 18 and 24. People with higher education made up 15 percent.

Nudists raised no emotions at all among 33 percent of those questioned, but 25 percent were annoyed with them, while 27 percent - a group where 41 percent were people aged 55 or older - felt indignant about them.

Transsexuals enjoyed sympathy or tolerance on the part of 8 percent of those questioned. In this group of respondents, people aged between 18 and 24 made up the largest single proportion, 10 percent. People with a higher education accounted for 9 percent.

Neutrality was the attitude of 23 percent.

At the same time, 30 percent were annoyed with and 36 percent indignant at transsexuals (38 percent or the largest single proportion of the former group were people with education lower than secondary, and people of between 25 and 39 years of age made up 33 percent; the largest single proportion of the "indignant" group, 46 percent, were people aged 55 or older, while those with secondary education made up 43 percent).

Levada Center said it had questioned 1,600 people in 45 Russian regions.

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