A recent Logo poll, conducted by Harris Interactive, places an increased emphasis on the fact that all candidates could benefit more by addressing the LGBT audience. Conducted last month, the poll reveals that the LGBT population, and their concerns, very much echo those of the general population as a whole.
The results will be addressed this coming Monday in depth on NewNowNext Vote with Wanda Sykes, a Logo special featuring guests such as Barney Frank, Thomas Roberts and Jimmy LaSalvia among others.
Much like the general populace, LGBT voters care about the economy, unemployment, and healthcare. However, the study also indicates that Americans in general consider a candidate’s position on gay rights as highly persuasive when it comes time to enter the voting booth. When asked whether they would be “more likely,” “less likely,” or “no difference,” 49 percent indicated they would be “more likely” to vote for a candidate who supports legislation to combat anti-gay bullying and 48 percent favored a candidate who supports including gays and lesbians as a protected class in the workplace.
According to the survey, both LGBT and general population voters as a whole currently favor Barack Obama, yet 1-in-5 would cast a ballot for Mitt Romney if he held the same views as Obama on gay rights. Moreover, 1-in-4 would consider voting for other Republican candidates if the GOP held the same positions on LGBT rights as the Democratic Party. Said Kenneth Sherrill, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Hunter College,“This survey documents a political transformation of epic proportions. LGBT rights are no longer a wedge issue in American politics.”
“The findings in this survey demonstrate what many Americans have been feeling intuitively,” said Lisa Sherman, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Logo TV. “To see numbers indicating such dramatic support among significant segments of the voting public for LGBT people is breathtaking – America is filled with allies and champions of gay Americans.”
Here’s a breakdown of the poll results:
Logo TV Presidential Election Survey memo
And here are the full survey results:
LOGO Presidential Election Survey
And here’s the official press release:
Logo TV Presidential Survey News Release