Majority Of Americans Would Vote For Gay Prez, Sez Poll

The latest season has been a test of the States’ electoral acceptance.

Never before have we seen a black man come so far along the Presidential path. It’s apparent the United States is facing a social puberty of sorts, shedding its “traditional” views and expanding the national horizons.

And race isn’t the only thing that’s changing.

According to a Zogby International poll, a majority of Americans would vote for an openly gay president:

More than six in ten U.S. voters say they could support an openly gay candidate for president of the United States, and 70% say they’d support the appointment of an openly gay cabinet secretary, according to a new nationwide poll from Zogby International.

Sixty-six percent of poll respondents said they could support an openly gay vice-presidential candidate, while 69% said a gay candidate for U.S. Senate could get their vote. The poll of 1,089 adults was conducted August 13 to 15 for the Gay & Lesbian Leadership Institute (GLLI), a non-partisan leadership development organization.

Of course, these results could be a bit skewed. No one wants to come out and say, “No, I wouldn’t vote for no homo.” It’s just tacky…

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  • mark

    George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Lincoln and Buchanan, and Elanore Roosevelt…just fell out laughing

  • GoodBuddy

    The results you get on a poll are highly skewed by the wording of the questions. I was unable to find how the question was put to the respondents, but the Gay & Lesbian Leadership Institute was who funded it. All of its staff seem to work at the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund.

  • Denis

    The Leadership Institute and the Victory Fund do share a staff. The poll questions were carefully worded to communicate that the candidate was not necessarily running as a “gay candidate,” but as a mainstream candidate who happened to be gay. It is both important and legitimate to add context for respondents.

  • John

    Yes, but would they want one as a neighbor?!

  • Bean

    Yeah, and my mother SAYS she doesn’t have a problem with gay people, but she also remarked, “Something with ANGELS in the title is about GAY people?!” when I watched Angels in America while she was in the room.

  • Tim in SF

    I’d be surprised if even 50% of Americans knew the difference between a cabinet level position and a US Senator.

  • GoodBuddy

    I don’t see 52 gay and lesbian members of Congress. And I believe Tammy Baldwin was the only one elected as openly gay. If you are at a party caucus, are you going to select a candidate the 100% of the population might vote for, or the one the automatically looses 40% of the vote?

    It’s the same process that keeps openly gay people down in Hollywood. Of course, Hollywood is changing. Straight people can now play gay and not hurt their careers.

  • Trenton

    Color me cynical, but I just can’t believe that these rsults are accurate. Did the participants know that they were talking about the President of the U.S. and not The West Wing?

  • daniel k

    And yet another reason not to believe polls… Who was polled? WeHo, Miami Beach, Fire Island?

  • Denis

    Zogby International conducted an omnibus telephone survey of likely voters from 8/14/08 through 8/16/08.

    The target sample is 1,089 likely voters interviews with approximately 64 questions asked. Samples are randomly drawn from telephone CDs of national listed sample. Zogby International surveys employ sampling strategies in which selection probabilities are proportional to population size within area codes and exchanges. Weighting by region, party, age, race, religion, and gender is used to adjust for non-response. The margin of error is +/- 3.0 percentage points. Margins of error are higher in sub-groups.


    Whether it’s a neighbor or a President, I think a good portion of the American population knows or it’s starting to become aware of the fact that they already have had them.
    I don’t buy into this perpetual victimization that the old guard in the GLBT seems to want to hold on to.
    Why refuse to believe that as those of us who are out in our work, homes and to family and friends the American people as a whole are becoming more progressive?
    I for one can’t wait for the day when Gay people don’t have to be beholden to political parties who do nothing for us such as the DNC or organizations like the HRC.

  • John

    In other news, the Klingon Empire announced it is signing a treaty with the Romulans today. 55% of Americans polled disagree with that decision (rolls eyes).

    This stupid country would probably tell a pollster they believed the oceans were “green” too.

  • seitan-on-a-stick

    Great Zogby! Someone dig up and tell Abe Lincoln he can finally Come Out!

  • Vinman

    Mark – exactly what I thought when i read the article.

  • LikaStarr

    This is inspiring because it supports the indication that the US is moving in the right direction in terms of equality, acceptance and tolerance.

    As far as legitimacy of the answers; people often say things knowing they’d never do them especially when it effects a deep rooted moral judgment. So I would imagine the numbers are further skewed by that alone. Still, it’s a positive read, considering just a decade ago these numbers would have been flipped.

  • Doug

    Well, it sounds nice but what we will witness is the biggest loss by a presidential candidate ever. That’s assuming she or he even survives the most vicious negative campaigning ever dreamed of. It would be fun to watch the religeous right shit all over themselves at the nomination though.

  • Tim

    Grammar Police:

    “The latest season has been a test of the States’ electoral acceptance.”

    Fall, Winter, Spring?


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