Rasmussen: One in Three Blacks, One in Six Democrats Would Not Vote for an Openly Gay President

By Craig Bannister | February 18, 2020 | 3:06pm EST
Gay Democrat presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg
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One in three Black U.S. likely voters say they would not “vote for an openly gay president,” a new Rasmussen survey reveals.

While 59% of Black voters say they would vote for an openly gay president, 32% said they would not and 10% weren’t sure. Among all likely voters nationwide, 60% said they would vote for a gay candidate and 27% said they would not, with 13% unsure of what they’d do.

President Donald Trump says he would vote for a gay president.

About one in six (17%) Democrats say they would not vote for an openly gay president, compared to 42% of Republicans and 21% of “Other” voters.

Likewise, 29% of Blacks and 19% of Democrats say “most” of their family, friends and co-workers would not be willing to vote for an openly-gay presidential candidate.

More than two-thirds (68%) of females said they would vote for an openly gay president, but only about half (52%) of males said they would do so. Asked about most of their family, friends and co-workers, less than half of both males (44%) and females (47%) said they think that they would vote for a gay presidential candidate.

Willingness to vote for a gay president declines as respondents age, from 68% of 18-39 year-olds to 58% of 40-64 year-olds to 50% of those 65 and older.

Pete Buttigieg, a frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination, is openly gay and married to another man.

The national survey of 1,000 U.S. likely voters was conducted February 16-17, 2020, yielding a Margin of Sampling Error of +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

(Source: Rasmussen Reports)


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