Joyce L. Arnold, Liberally Independent, Queer Talk, equality activist, writer.
I don’t think it’s surprising that the recently released Logo TV survey shows that LGBT respondents indicated issues of concern in this order: 1) Economic issues; 2) Unemployment/jobs; 3) Health care; 4) Gay rights in general; 5) Social Security; 6) Federal budget deficit; 7) Same-sex marriage.
It’s also unsurprising that the poll reinforces what we’ve seen happening for quite some time now. LGBT Issues See Historic Political Shift:
According to a new poll conducted by Harris Interactive for Logo TV, all political candidates could greatly benefit by supporting equal rights for LGBT Americans. The survey, conducted earlier this month, polled close to 3000 people, comparing the political leanings of general population likely voters with those of self-identified LGBT voters and indicates that we may have reached a watershed moment for gay rights, confirming what many Americans have already sensed.
… (T)he study … 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 survey asked LGBT voters to rate what has most influenced “Progress on Gay Rights,” comparing the efforts of Obama with those of LGBT organizations. I don’t think these results are surprising, either:
Overall, when asked if progress is “ALL/MOSTLY DUE” to LGBT organizations, or to Obama, 58% indicated organizations, 24% indicated Obama. More specifically, when asked if the progress is “all” due to LGBT orgs or Obama, 15% indicated orgs, 7% Obama. When asked if progress is “mostly” due to orgs or Obama, 43% indicated orgs, 17% Obama. When “somewhat” is the measure, 32% indicated orgs, 44% Obama.
From the other direction, and overall, when asked if progress has “BARELY/NOTHING TO DO WITH” organizations and Obama, 7% indicated orgs, 28% Obama.
John Aravosis, at AmericaBlogGay, focuses on another number.
67 percent of gays will vote for Obama, number is a little low
Per a new Harris/Logo poll, 67% of gays would vote for Obama were the election held today, and 23% would vote for (Romney).
Keep in mind that 77% of gays voter for John Kerry in 2004, and 70% voted for Barack Obama in 2008.
So this would appear low. But according to CNN, John McCain got 27% of the gay vote in 2008 – so Romney’s 23% is also a drop … . Though Harris says they had McCain’s gay vote at 23%, so that would mean Romney is where McCain was.
Either way, it’s possible we’re still seeing some reticence from gays vis-a-vis Obama because of lingering … angst from the first several years of the presidency when gays didn’t feel their promises were getting the attention they deserved. I think the President has now done enough to merit our vote. But I worried back at the beginning that growing negatives are hard to turn around later … .
About the survey, it
… compares the political attitudes of 1,367 U.S. voters, 18 and older, reflecting the broader American electorate, with those of 1,190 self-¬identified LGBT voters, 18 and older. The survey was conducted online by Harris Interactive on behalf of Logo TV, a cable network catering to LGBT and allied viewers, from August 10 through 15.
(Logo Presidential Poll graphic via Logo TV)