Bulgarians Hate, Fear Fellow Citizens - Study

Society | December 18, 2011, Sunday // 16:29

Bulgarian citizens bear heavy resentment towards those weaker than themselves, the rich and the politicians, as well as different ethnicities, shows a study revealed Sunday.

According to the opinion survey by the AFIS agency, 54% would drive away drug addicts from the country if they could, 45% would ban HIV-positive people, 43% would banish the mentally ill.

38% would banish homosexuals from Bulgaria, and 20% would have no Roma, Africans, Asians and other minorities.

Only 14% of respondents said they would drive away politicians, and just 11% said they would drive away rich people.

On the other hand, some 20% of respondents have said that they know people who they see as "above the law".

According to the AFIS study, some 64% of Bulgarians think that crime and prostitution are linked to ethnicity.

41% fear that inter-ethnic tensions might flare into violence, while 26% consider that inter-ethnic relations in Bulgaria are good.

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