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Higher tolerance amongst Lithuanians

Jun 02, 2008
In cooperation with BNS

VILNIUS - Lithuanian would rather work with the Roma, people who have overcome a dependency of sorts or those of a different sexual orientation than communicate with them in their personal lives.

According to data of a survey conducted by Vilmorus pollster, seven out of ten Lithuanian inhabitants wouldn't mind having members of the Roma community, people that have overcome a dependency of sorts or those with a non-traditional sexual orientation as colleagues. Another 6 out 10 wouldn't mind if their colleague would have been previously incarcerated or had psychological disorders.

However, seven out of ten of the country's inhabitants would avoid dealing with members of the Roma community, people that have overcome a dependency of sorts or those with a non-traditional sexual orientation in any other than a work setting. People are more tolerant with regards to disabled persons, only two out of ten wouldn't one to live alongside a person, who has a physical disability.

Polled inhabitants more so than employers are prone to trust the skills of representatives of aforementioned social groups, with 75 company managers having expressed an opinion that such people wouldn't manage to cope with their job, however only 25 percent of polled inhabitants held the same attitude.

When asked whether they would mind working with people from social risk groups, respondents most often said they would feel uneasy (48 percent), or wouldn't know how to behave in the face of such a colleague (31 percent). For these reasons, more than 60 percent of the polled would rather not communicate with them at all, and three out of ten would seek out additional information.

Over 1,000 Lithuanian inhabitants from all districts of the country were surveyed in the framework of this poll, commissioned by the Social Security and Labor Ministry, the managing authority for the European Community Initiative EQUAL.

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