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Gay Vote Proved a Boon for Obama

LGBT voters favored the president by more than a 3-to-1 margin. Yet, Republicans don't appear ready to change their positions.

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney got roughly the same number of votes from straight voters on Nov. 6, so the claim could be made that it was the support of Americans who identified as gay, lesbian or bisexual that proved decisive in reelecting the president, The New York Times reported.

According to exit polls, 76 percent of voters who identified as gay supported Obama, and 22 percent supported Romney. Among straight people, those polls showed, each candidate received 49 percent of the vote.

Demographic trends would appear to create a rosy outlook for Democrats, The Times reported, citing the findings of a Gallup poll:

As with Latinos and Asian-Americans, the number of voters who say they are gay appears to be growing. Only 1.9 percent of Americans over 65 call themselves gay, lesbian or bisexual, according to the Gallup survey, while 3.2 percent of those between 30 and 49, and 6.4 percent of those between 18 and 29 do.

Despite those findings, there are no indications yet that the Republican Party is willing to make a significant shift in its positions on divisive issues such as gay marriage.

The NYT quotes Hogan Gidley, the national communications director for Rick Santorum, as saying Republicans can overcome their low levels of support among gay voters by better messaging and outreach to other voters.

“I think it would be a mistake," Gidley said, "for the party to abandon its moral values.”

Monica Siegel November 17, 2012 at 07:00 AM
Interesting, but the writer should note that this study, while technically carried out by Gallup, was done by the Williams Institute at UCLA. Read all about that at WEHOville.com, which posted a story about all of this early this morning.
jimmy palmieri November 17, 2012 at 05:21 PM
IS THE SUGGESTION THAT BECAUSE THE WILLIAMS INSTITUTE WAS INVOLVED THAT THE NUMBERS ARE SKEWED? THAT IS BLATANTLY UNFAIR IF SO, BECAUSE THEN WE COULD PULL A REVERSAL ON EVERY OTHER POLL. THE CLEAR POINT HERE IS THAT ROMNEY DISREGARDED TOO MANY MINORITIES AND PEOPLE ENDANGERED BY HIS POLICIES TO EVER HAVE A CHANCE OF WINNING. SO MUCH FOR HIS CHRISTIAN RHETORIC.
Paul November 17, 2012 at 06:14 PM
"Better Messaging" by the Republican Party regarding Gay Rights and Marriage???? Their message was clear enough.
jimmy palmieri November 17, 2012 at 06:15 PM
A 2 DA MEN!
George November 17, 2012 at 11:38 PM
My candidate lost sadly. Better luck next time. Sure hope the next 4 years doesn't reflect what the last for have with the stalled economy. Time will tell.
jimmy palmieri November 18, 2012 at 01:17 AM
AND LOSE HE DID!
jimmy palmieri November 18, 2012 at 01:31 AM
UNLESS YOU VOTED FOR ROSEANNE.....THEN MAYBE SHE WILL RUN AGAIN
90069 November 19, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Obama has been a boon to gay rights. Ended DADT, halted justice department upholding DOMA, expanded benefits to sam sex federal employees, publically announced support for marriage equality, keynote speaker at HRC, cut "It gets better" video addressed to gay youth, and appointed a HIV/Aids Czar, appointed more LGBT members to courts ever. Can we please pause and reflect on this progress as compared to a term ago when we had a President supporting gay bashing in the capitol bulding with DOMA, staunch support for DADT, and a campaign to write discrimination and hate into the constitution with a federal ban on marriage equality. THANK YOU OBAMA! More equality and human rights were one of the "gifts" that Romney is so pissed about. We still have more to go but progress is progress.

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