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Poll: Gays More Optimistic Than Straights About Nation's Direction


A recent poll of 2,709 adults (of whom 2,274 indicated they are heterosexual and 378 self-identified as gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender) shows that gays are more hopeful than their heterosexual counterparts about the direction the country is heading:

"A new national survey conducted online in mid-August by Witeck-Combs Communications and Harris Interactive shows two-thirds (67%) of GLBT adults say that things in the country are going in the right direction, compared to 45 percent of heterosexual adults. This is an increase from June 2009 when 56 percent of GLBT adults said that things were moving in the right direction. When it comes to their outlook on the economy and their own personal financial situation, GLBT adults also appear somewhat more confident then their heterosexual counterparts. A majority (57%) of GLBT adults said they expect the economy to improve in the coming year, compared to 45 percent of heterosexual adults. In the next 6 months just looking at gay and lesbian adults, 31 percent expect their household`s financial condition to be better, compared with 24 percent of heterosexual adults. The survey also found that more than two-thirds (69%) of GLBT adults would rate the overall job President Barack Obama is doing in handling the economy as excellent or pretty good, while only 38 percent of heterosexual adults agree."


Also: "Four out of five (82%) GLBT adults said they trust in President Barack Obama to do what is right for the American economy, compared with 60% of heterosexual adults. Nearly seven out of ten (69%) GLBT adults said they are confident that the White House and the Administration will produce policies to help fix the economic crisis, while a slender majority (51%) of heterosexual adults agree. Also, a majority (64%) of GLBT adults said they think the stimulus plan passed earlier this year has been successful, compared with 39% heterosexual adults. More than half (53%) of GLBT adults, contrasted with 30% of heterosexuals adults, rate the overall job President Barack Obama is doing in handling employment/unemployment as excellent or pretty good. In contrast - when critical of the President`s leadership, one-third (35%) of heterosexuals adults said they blame President Barack Obama for the country's economic problems, yet only 13% of GLBT adults agree. Also, one-fourth (27%) of heterosexual adults said they have no trust at all in President Barack Obama to do what is right for the American economy; only 7% of GLBT adults agree."

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  1. Seriously? Why, we're getting fucked over worse than our breeding counterparts. At least they enjoy all their rights while we still wallow in the equality backwater, while Obama and his douche brigade put fairness on the backburner indefinitely.

    Posted by: Grimmlok | Sep 8, 2009 1:31:29 PM

  2. We are just more liberal and optimistic than most straights ... and Obama has to be careful that he plays to us not away from us or those stats will fall.

    Posted by: David B. 2 | Sep 8, 2009 2:15:14 PM

  3. I wonder how they found a sample where more than 13% self-identified as LGBT to a stranger on the phone. Seems hard to imagine that was a random sample, which obviously influences the results. (Even if you believe the 10% claim, which I never have, many people won't tell a stranger they're LGBT.)

    Coincidentally, I received a call from a (supposedly independent) political polling firm yesterday, and one question was about my three greatest concerns for California. When I mentioned marriage equality, the woman said she'd never heard the term before. GREAT!

    Me: "On your form, it probably says same-sex or gay marriage."

    Her: "Oh yes, there it is."

    Then later, I was asked whether I agree with comments like, "Some critics say that Gavin Newsom has been solely focused on gay marriage and..." (To the firm's credit, they also said lots of nice things about him and asked if I agreed.)

    Posted by: Paul R | Sep 8, 2009 2:18:28 PM

  4. Like David B. said, aren't gays more likely to be liberal or democrats than straights? This would account for the differences of increased optimism towards the government that was found.

    Posted by: Mark | Sep 8, 2009 3:40:58 PM

  5. Seriously, is it because they use too much XTC or weed?

    There's absolutely no reason why gays should be happy about the current state of affairs.

    Posted by: John | Sep 8, 2009 4:02:14 PM

  6. Delusional! That is what we are. We accept the crumbs from the those that are "better for us". Disgusting! WE are no better off and we facilitated Obama's win, received nothing in return and yet we are more optimistic. This is just a joke.

    Posted by: RB | Sep 9, 2009 12:10:51 AM

  7. Are these people on crack? Or are they just blinded by the light of Obama's mediocrity?

    Posted by: Attmay | Sep 9, 2009 5:51:59 PM

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