According to the survey carried out for BNS, 72 percent of respondents said they were in support of chemical castration, 12 percent were against the proposal currently discussed in parliament, and 16 percent did not have an opinion on the matter.
The poll revealed more supporters of chemical castration among women (the treatment was supported by 66 percent of surveyed men and 77 percent of polled women, while 17 percent of men and 7 percent of women were against). The survey found more support in Lithuania's largest cities.
The survey of 1,038 respondents was carried out by RAIT pollster on 1-25 July.
In June, Lithuania's parliament opened discussions on chemical castration of sexual offenders.
A relevant amendment to the Criminal Code was approved for discussion and will take two more votes to be enforced.
Under the bill, the so-called chemical castration would be applied to individuals sentenced for rape or child molestation.
The new punishment could be applied for a period of one to four years, said Valentinas Mazuronis, leader of the Order and Justice party, who proposed the amendment.