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May 2010 Snap Poll Views of Nigerians on Same-sex Relationships

Currently in Nigeria, sexual activity among same-sex is illegal and punishable by up to 14 years imprisonment. In the 12 Northern states which have adopted Shari’a law, homosexual activity is punishable by stoning and there is no legal protection against discrimination based on sexual orientation. In addition, legislation is pending to criminalize same-sex marriage throughout Nigeria. A survey conducted by NOI Polls shows that awareness of homosexual relationships amongst Nigerians is low, with over 7 in 10 saying ‘No” when asked ‘Are you aware of same sex/gay/homosexual relationships in your community?

Nearly all (96%) of those quizzed also stated that they are not in support of homosexual relationships.

The major reason offered for the lack of support of homosexual relationships is that they are ungodly (42%), an abomination (28%) and against our culture (8%).

Survey Methods.

Respondents for the snap poll were randomly selected from a database of phone-owning Nigerians aged 15 and above, compiled by NOI Polls. 1,207 people took part in the telephone interviews from the 27th and 30th of April, 2010. For a sample of this size, we can say with 95% confidence that the maximum margin of sampling error is ±2.82 percentage points. The margin of error reflects the influence of data weighting. In addition to sampling error, question wording and practical difficulties in conducting surveys can introduce error or bias into the findings of public opinion polls.


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