More than two-thirds of Americans say they’re OK with a gay presidential candidate.
A recently released NBC News poll indicates 68 percent of those surveyed would be comfortable with a LGBTQ White House hopeful. Most intriguing is that while 54 percent claim they would be comfortable with a gay or lesbian contender, 14 percent — one in seven — say they would be enthusiastic.
In 2006, less than half of all Americans indicated they were cool toward a gay nominee — 34 percent would be “very uncomfortable”and 19 percent would have “reservations” about a LGBTQ person vying for the presidency.
Thirteen years ago, only 5 percent of those surveyed were enthusiastic about a gay candidate, according to an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll. Only 38 percent said they would be “comfortable” with such a candidate.
The latest poll comes on the heels of South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg announcing he had raised $7 million in first-quarter contributions, months after announcing his candidacy.
Buttigieg, 37, who is openly gay and married to husband, Chasten, for nearly a year, has become a serious 2020 Democratic Party contender among political heavyweights Joe Biden, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and California Sen. Kamala Harris.
What Buttigieg lacks in federal and statewide experience, he gains with millennials — 75 percent of whom said who said they would vote for a gay candidate, compared with only 47 percent 13 years ago.
Even senior citizens are more likely to back gay candidates today, with 56 percent claiming to have no qualms — up significantly from 31 percent in 2006.
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