A recent Harris Interactive poll for Logo TV found that voters would be more likely to vote for a political candidate—Republican or Democrat—if they favored equal rights for LGBT Americans. However, the GOP platform contains a rather explicit anti-gay marriage plank that calls for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution. As Jonathan Capehart of the Washington Post noted, “As long as the Republican Party closes itself off from potential voters who might like its melody but hate its lyrics, it will continue its metamorphosis into a regional, reactionary bloc whose doctrinaire positions are incompatible with a diverse democracy.”
Most LGBT respondents to the survey consider themselves to be Democrats (50 percent) and aside from issues directly affecting their own rights, LGBT voters favor rights for immigrants and women at a higher rate than the general population. When asked about views on illegal immigrants, 44 percent of LGBT voters said they believe those working in the United States illegally should be allowed to stay in their jobs and eventually apply for citizenship. Nearly two-thirds of LGBT voters said they would be “angry” should Roe v. Wade be overturned, as compared to 41 percent of the general population. Among LGBT voters, 12 percent ranked abortion and women’s reproductive health in the top three when asked which issue is most important to them when choosing a candidate. Inclusiveness just keeps getting cooler.
Previously: Logo Presidential Poll on MSNBC