The preliminary results of a new survey about the country’s values reveals that most South Africans view homosexuality as more acceptable than prostitution, but more offensive than euthanasia.

The poll, part of the World Values Survey (WVS), was conducted by the Centre for International and Comparative Politics at the University of Stellenbosch and Markinor.

Respondents were asked to rate issues on a scale from one to ten, with ten being the most acceptable and 1 being the least acceptable.

Forty eight percent of black South Africans said that having gay neighbours was not acceptable, 26 percent of white South Africans felt the same, as did 39 percent of Indians. More respondents felt that euthanasia and divorce were more acceptable than having gay neighbours.

When it came to Spousal Abuse, almost 10 percent said that men were justified in beating their wives.

On the positive side, 96 percent of the respondents said that they are proud to call themselves South African.

The survey was conduced via face to face interviews with 3 000 South Africans around the country. The full report has yet to be published.

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