Gallup: 2020 Candidates' Views on LGBT 'Extremely Important' to Only 11% of Americans

By Michael W. Chapman | January 15, 2020 | 2:10pm EST
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( -- In a survey about how the 2020 presidential candidates' positions on certain issues will influence voters' decisions, 35% of American adults said that a candidate's view on health care was "extremely important" to them but only 11% said that a candidate's opinion on LGBT rights was "extremely important." 

In the Dec. 2-15 survey, Gallup asked, "Now I am going to read a list of some of the issues that will probably be discussed in next year's presidential election campaign. As I read each one, please tell me how important the candidates' positions on that issue will be in influencing your vote for president -- extremely important, very important, somewhat important or not important."


Thirty-five percent said health care was "extremely important," and 34% said terrorism and national security were "extremely important." Also, thirty-three percent cited a candidate's view on "gun policy" as extremely important.

A candidate's view on "climate change" was extremely important to only 26% of Americans; on race relations, 23%; and on foreign affairs, 21%.

A presidential contender's view of "lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights" was extremely important to only 11% of Americans, according to the survey.

Broken down politically, the poll showed that a candidate's view on LGBT rights was extremely important to 18% of Democrats but only 5% of Republicans -- among independents, 11%.

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On climate change, 44% of Democrats said it was extremely important but only 8% of Republicans agreed. 

For the survey, Gallup interviewed by telephone 1,025 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The margin of error is +/- 4 percentage points. 

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