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CNN Exit Polls: 27% of Gays Voted for McCain

CNN's exit poll data says that 27% of gays voted for McCain in this election.

MccainAccording to the Log Cabin Republicans, that's up from 20% four years ago. They write: "That equals 1.3 million votes - the most any Republican candidate for President has received."

I reported last June that 14% of gays favored McCain while 60% favored Obama. That's quite a jump, and both numbers astonish me, quite frankly.

This was a candidate who didn't even know what the acronym LGBT stood for. He also didn't believe in gay adoption, supported a ban on gays in the military, worried if his clothing looked too gay, isn't sure if condoms stop the spread of HIV, thought same-sex marriage ceremonies were okay as long as they were fake, and promised right-wing religious groups that he's speak out against LGBT causes.

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  1. Just proves that there are a lot of stupid people in the world (gay, straight or otherwise). Mercifully, the smart people came out in force this time...

    Posted by: ichabod | Nov 6, 2008 8:32:05 AM


  2. people are stupid and vote against their self-interests, what can we say? (more evidence of this: joe the plumber)

    Posted by: Nate | Nov 6, 2008 8:40:53 AM


  3. Apparently, gay issues are the only thing people care about.

    Posted by: JAYDUB | Nov 6, 2008 8:41:56 AM


  4. Meh. Racists, Hillary dead-enders, gay plumbers, and diva worshippers who wanted to do Palin's hair. oh and hedge fund managers who can't quite grasp their era is ovah!

    Posted by: mikr | Nov 6, 2008 8:44:01 AM


  5. JAYDUB, they shouldn't be the only things, but given that these are civil rights issues they should be pretty fucking high on the list.

    Posted by: sexyback | Nov 6, 2008 8:48:26 AM


  6. ... and 52% of the people in California voted for the first time to place discrimination against a minority into their constitution. Some people just don't get it - and gays have their share.

    Posted by: Mike | Nov 6, 2008 8:49:17 AM


  7. And 70% of Black voters said Yes on 8.

    Darn it, why don't these people vote the way they're supposed to!

    Posted by: LightningLord | Nov 6, 2008 8:50:48 AM


  8. That's quite a jump, and both numbers astonish me, quite frankly.

    If they astonish you may I suggest you get out of your little bubble every once in a while. There are some real concerns over Obama's positions and where he will take this country. The world is a complex thing and to boil it down the reason to not vote McCain because he doesn't know what "GLBT" stands for is frankly superficial and naive.

    (voted Obama for varying reasons - didn't vote for Al Franken for other varying reasons)

    Posted by: yoshi | Nov 6, 2008 8:55:29 AM


  9. I find it odd that CNN shows this breakdown for the national poll, but when I check the breakdown for California and New York, the YES row shows n/a for the Gay/Lesbian row on the table.

    Posted by: Jack | Nov 6, 2008 8:56:00 AM


  10. Here we go again, trashing people for not being 1 issue voters then turning around and damning anyone that votes Republican simply because they embrace an anti-gay platform. It's hypocritical.

    Posted by: Cameron | Nov 6, 2008 8:59:26 AM


  11. If blacks are only 6.1% of California's total population, their turnout voting 70% yes on Prop H8te is not a lot of votes. If they'd voted 70% no, it would still pas.

    Direct that anger at the real culprits - the Mormons and Krazy Kristians who spent, advertised, duped, etc the voting public. The LGBT community and activists sadly underestimated the effectiveness of their money and tactics. Perhaps the religious nuts knew they'd lost on the presidential and focused instead on Prop H8te for a victory with which to continue to rally their forces of hate. But THEY are the perpetrators here...not a small segment of the very large supposedly liberal California voting population.

    Oh and gays voting for McCain...I keep telling people...the real battle in this country is the rich vs the rest of us. There are plenty of rich and wannabe rich gays who will always vote to maintain that class divide.

    Posted by: Ben | Nov 6, 2008 9:00:22 AM


  12. And at what point can we stop parsing the electorate into categories? Isn't that what got this country into divisive problems in the first place?

    One country, of the people, for the people, by the people. Not red states, or blue states, but the United States? Ring a bell, anyone?

    We have a lot of work to do. It's time to stop bickering about who voted for what. These next TWO years are a chance to begin real change in this country. Rights and ballot measures will come again, and perhaps the next time, the fight will be more cohesive.

    On Prop 8, the only message I got from it was "We must raise more money than them!", and honestly, in a political season rife with requests to donate, I hit [Delete] [Delete] [Delete] when those came in. It was not until near the end of the push that someone, somewhere actually said what Prop 8 was about, changing an existing constitution to take away human rights. Perhaps if THAT basic, BASIC message got out sooner, it would not have passed by the slim margin currently on the books. I fault the "No on 8" folks, too. We do not vote on CA issues, but my elderly relatives were in the "For 8!" column until I relayed the basics, then then realized how bad it was.

    So we have a lot of work to do.

    Posted by: Rad | Nov 6, 2008 9:05:54 AM


  13. Well, it obviously means that 27% of gay Americans are stupid.

    Posted by: P.Viktor | Nov 6, 2008 9:08:52 AM


  14. Ben... you are absolute correct... the rich gays vote for their money and their property.
    It was disheartening to watch both parties this entire past campaign season only discuss the middle and upper class and ignore poverty concerns and the lower class completely.

    Posted by: A.J. | Nov 6, 2008 9:09:48 AM


  15. Your math is off.

    When it was reported in June that 14% favored McCain and 60% for Obama, you don't add up to 100%.

    Both numbers showed a jump. Obama clearly received 73% of the vote rather that 60%, if you assume a negligible number voted for 3rd party candidates.

    Plus, there are other issues than gay issues at stake here. I still think it is wrong to project your priorities on to anyone else.

    Posted by: Dan B | Nov 6, 2008 9:19:26 AM


  16. Well I, for one, think that it's a good thing and is another indicator of how diverse the gay community actually is. Our diversity of opinions is just as important as racial diversity, gender identity diversity, and different levels of masculinity and femininity.

    I proudly and enthusiastically voted for Obama, and despite our heated conversations, my boyfriend --whom I love very much, and is neither a bitter Hillary supporter nor a racist-- was one of the 27% of gays who voted for McCain, and I understand and respect his vote.

    When Bush was reelected, many of us thought that it was the end of homosexuality as we know it, and that proved to be wrong.

    There are many other issues in a presidential campaign to vote on and LGBT issues are priority #1 for some of us and priority #27 for others, and there's nothing wrong with either point of view.

    Posted by: another matt | Nov 6, 2008 9:22:09 AM


  17. CAMERON et al., it's not ONE issue - McCain is against gay people in a myriad of ways, including economics, healthcare, children's rights and education. McCain and Obama were more divergent on gay issues than almost any other area. Stop calling it a single-issue problem.

    Posted by: sexyback | Nov 6, 2008 9:22:36 AM


  18. I do not believe that 27 percent of gay people voted for a VP who is an evangelical fundamentalist - and I do not believe that 27% voted for a man who has said gays should not be allowed to adopt.

    Yes there is a segment of gay men are notoriously self-centered and pretentious and only care about tax cuts - and THEY would identify as voting for John McCain.

    BUT we are talking about 27 percent of the SELF IDENTIFIED men who said they were gay.

    That obviously does not include those who would not share their sexuality with a pollster on the street or all the gay men who are not out and obviously would not self-identify as gay --- and did this include all the bisexual men too ?

    Dont believe the numbers from a twisted group that ENDORSE this losing anti-gay ticket ---- remember the log cabin Republicans are in it for the MONEY and nothing else.

    Posted by: RJP3 | Nov 6, 2008 9:25:20 AM


  19. >>If blacks are only 6.1% of California's total population, their turnout voting 70% yes on Prop H8te is not a lot of votes. If they'd voted 70% no, it would still pas.

    It's not the % of the total population that matters, it's the % of eligible and registered voters and, more specifically, the % of registered voters who actually went to the polls to vote. In a race as close as Prop 8 was, any increase in voter turnout was likely to have an impact on the outcome of the initiative, and all indications are that Blacks turned out in record numbers to cast a vote for Barack Obama and, at the same time, vote Yes on 8.

    I find it odd that some people highlight the higher turnout of Blacks as a factor in helping Obama win the Presidency but then simultaneously downplay the higher turnout of Blacks in helping pass Prop. 8. You can't have it both ways. Does Black turnout matter or not? And if not, is not that inherently racist to basically say "Black votes don't really count in the big picture." How condescending and elitist.

    Finally, if the turnout of Black voters in CA was ultimately irrelevant to the passge of Prop 8, then why was such a big deal made among the No on 8 campaign about the "outreach" they supposedly made to the African-American community. Are we supposedly to simultaneously believe that the African-American vote was crucial to defeating Prop 8 but not to its passage?

    The intellectual contortions some people make in order to bend over backwards to be politically correct and not identify one of the major reasons why Prop 8 passed would be funny were it not so pathetic.

    Posted by: LightningLord | Nov 6, 2008 9:26:18 AM


  20. Another Matt - what was your boyfriend's reason for voting McCain?

    Posted by: bubba_bob | Nov 6, 2008 9:27:22 AM


  21. Oh and gays voting for McCain...I keep telling people...the real battle in this country is the rich vs the rest of us. There are plenty of rich and wannabe rich gays who will always vote to maintain that class divide.

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    Ben you are 100 perenct correct.

    The rich and wanna-be rich in Boston have destroyed any sense of a progressive gay community here in Boston. Anyone of any quality has moved away from the South End that they have settled in (to be near the ruling straights in the Back Bay).... decent gay men and women have moved to Cambridge, Dorcester and other suburbs to get away from the pretense, elitistism and meth pipes.

    Very dark homosexual souls - I do not think Republicans get to be called GAY sorry.


    Posted by: RJP3 | Nov 6, 2008 9:29:35 AM


  22. bullshit- I don't believe the numbers, but I'll look into it. how big was the sample- and was it done in Oklahoma or something?

    Posted by: taloisi | Nov 6, 2008 9:32:20 AM


  23. bullshit- I don't believe the numbers, but I'll look into it. how big was the sample- and was it done in Oklahoma or something?

    Posted by: taloisi | Nov 6, 2008 9:34:44 AM


  24. bullshit- I don't believe the numbers, but I'll look into it. how big was the sample- and was it done in Oklahoma or something?

    Posted by: taloisi | Nov 6, 2008 9:43:24 AM


  25. i was one of the 27% who voted McCain, thanks to all the gays that voted obama... now we are the 3rd class citizens of this country.

    Posted by: Marc | Nov 6, 2008 9:45:48 AM


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