The difference between theory and practice. I can sleep fairly soundly knowing that the likes of Lukey are out there, at large in the world. I can tolerate that fact. If my imaginary offspring brought one to dinner though? No. Fuck no.
I always have a problem with surveys like this. One for the small sample size and another for how things are broken up.
London has over 10m people; a sample taken from the Bangladeshis of Tower Hamlet will differ massively from the sailor boys in SoHo and they're just a few miles apart.
Likewise, saying ''the North'' or ''Scotland''. I live within 2 miles of probably one of the leading gay districts in the country, and I nor many of my gay friends have reported anything even vaguely homophobic. Go 3 miles the other direction and take a sample from the overspill estates and the answer would probably not look the same.
I'd take this with a fairly significant pinch of salt. You have to be pretty wary about regional crossbreaks in polls. If the sample size is low then there's a very large margin of error. It would be interesting to see the full datasets.
I think London is also quite exceptional. It's a diverse, sprawling metropolis; a very gay-friendly city in a great many respects and home to a large LGBT community, but it's also got a disproportionately large migrant community, and we know that many within those communities possess very conservative values. Difficult to draw too many meaningful conclusions, I'd say.