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Harris Poll Shows Obama Support Slips 6 Points Among LGBT Voters

ObamagaypinIf President Obama thought coming out for marriage equality would clinch the LGBT vote, he thought wrong. A new poll shows support among self-identified LGBT voters has dropped by at least 6 points since 2008.

Via The Washington Blade:

A new national poll of likely LGBT voters indicates that support for President Obama has dropped to 67 percent, a decline of at least six percentage points since 2008.

Gays and lesbians, same as all voters, are most concerned about the economy, jobs and unemployment, according to a Harris Interactive poll commissioned by Logo TV released on Aug. 21. Only nine percent of us rank “gay rights in general” as being most important, with marriage equality rated that way by a mere six percent.


While two-thirds of LGBT voters plan to vote to re-elect Obama, nearly 1-in-4 would be more likely to vote for Romney if he held the same positions as the president on same-sex marriage and other LGBT issues.

It's possible, notes journo Mark Lee, that this decreased support for Obama among LGBT voters may be that many LGBT people are small business owners and that only 35% of small business owners are backing the president's reelection bid.

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  1. When it comes to the economy I've never heard Romney explain what he would have done differently over the last 3 years. How he could have gotten us out of the mess his party left us in. ('course I couldn't stand but so much of those dreadful Republican debates) Do any of his supporters who come here to this blog have any idea?

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Aug 30, 2012 1:09:19 PM

  2. Gee, successful businessgays who don't want a friggen socialist with his hands in our wallets. What a concept.

    Racism racism racism racism racism racism. Did you know Chris Matthews has now stated saying "Chicago politics" is now racist? It's all the libs have left, and they are panicked. But guess what, name calling? We don't give a sh!t.

    Posted by: MarkUs | Aug 30, 2012 1:11:16 PM

  3. As I've stated before, history will record "They think they worked so hard! They didn't build that!" and his mocking tone was the point of no return for him. He slit his own throat. Un-re-electable. F-U, jackass.

    Posted by: MarkUs | Aug 30, 2012 1:19:43 PM

  4. They may have gotten the current percent right (67%), but this article is wrong about a drop of 6%. That would mean that Obama got 73% in 2008, which is not true. Obama got 70% of the LGBT vote in 2008, and this is well documented. That means there has only been a drop of 3% from 2008.

    @ Markus: F-U yourself, jackass.

    Posted by: Artie_in_Lauderdale | Aug 30, 2012 1:25:20 PM

  5. @ Markus,

    Here is Obama's original quote, jackass:

    "If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business -- you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet."

    Posted by: Artie_in_Lauderdale | Aug 30, 2012 1:35:46 PM

  6. There are many gay racist out there too.

    Posted by: Jake | Aug 30, 2012 1:46:07 PM

  7. President Obama supporting marriage for our community was a massive blow to the mentalities of the gay white boys who simply cannot fathom that a black democrat with a foreign-sounding name officially has done more for them than their own white families and communities ever have, or ever will.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Aug 30, 2012 1:50:22 PM

  8. And Obama was completely right that no one is entirely "self-made." But many Americans consistently refuse to listen to any basic logic that contradicts their delusions of "individualism."

    Posted by: Vlad | Aug 30, 2012 2:02:53 PM

  9. This is not a poll, it's panel. The participants are identified and they elect to join the panel. While Harris believes its data from this panel represents the broader community, Harris concedes in its marketing material that this may not be the case. The best thing we can say about the data presented here is that it represents the views of the panel, not the wider community.

    Posted by: This is not a poll | Aug 30, 2012 2:05:16 PM

  10. guys, leave Markus alone. his mother has spent the last few decades trying to procure a retroactive abortion.....

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Aug 30, 2012 2:11:56 PM

  11. How many of those LGBT's are Republicans?

    Seriously, given the amount of press GoProud and the Lincoln Lovers get, that statistic is expected.

    Posted by: Polyboy | Aug 30, 2012 2:20:06 PM

  12. An internet poll? Damn, I screw up internet polls all the time. Why is this one any different?

    Posted by: belo | Aug 30, 2012 2:37:06 PM

  13. There is no such thing as an "LGBT voter" because there is no such thing as LGBT. There are LGB voters and there are trangender voters. Lumping them together as if they are one is a fraud.

    Posted by: Dana | Aug 30, 2012 3:01:51 PM

  14. Nobody in their right mind would vote for Obama. Most gay rights are legislated at the state level. The country is going over the financial cliff and soon. Romney knows how to write policies that will lead to job creation. He is a proven and outstanding businessman. Go see the movie 2016: Obama's America before you vote. If you want to vote for Obama after seeing that documentary, then you are most certainly devoid of common sense.

    Posted by: Johnny | Aug 30, 2012 3:30:02 PM

  15. It's also possible that some GLBTs, like me, are disappointed with Obama's record concerning environmental issues. His approval of the southern half of the Keystone XL Pipeline was a HUGE and irreversible mistake...and that's just the most recent dropped ball. His negligence on environmental issues made me look seriously at the Green Party, and come to find out their support for GLBT rights/issues is spot on. Why play by the two party rules? If anyone can make a third party fashionable, it's the gays.

    Posted by: krystoff | Aug 30, 2012 3:49:00 PM

  16. "Romney knows how to write policies that will lead to job creation."

    You mean the policies that got us into this huge recession?
    And why doesn't he tell us what those policies are?

    Under Obama, some 4.5 million private sector jobs have been created in 29 months. That's not bad. And no doubt much better than if Republicans had been in charge. It's only their obstruction in Congress that has prevented the recovery from working better.

    Posted by: KevinVT | Aug 30, 2012 3:55:21 PM

  17. This presidential election will be won or lost based on voter turnout in six or seven swing states. Everyone else can go back to sleep.

    Posted by: zekeaz | Aug 30, 2012 4:12:06 PM

  18. This is exactly the reason we have almost no legal rights in the USA. Gay people are STUPID. We don't deserve equality until we have educated our own community.

    Obama has been THE MOST pro-gay President in history and STILL the self-hating gays, the racist gays and the plain stupid gays will not support him.

    Some people are just not smart enough to be allowed to vote.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Aug 30, 2012 4:27:50 PM

  19. @ SAM - I too would love Hillary to run but she will be too old. She has been talking about retiring soon. America messed up big time when they didn't elect her President. Unfortunately they believed the right wing media machine. Let's hope they don't get sucked in again this time and vote for rabid Romney.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Aug 30, 2012 4:29:47 PM

  20. @Vlad:

    If nobody is entirely self-made, then let the people who want to try to be self-made fail, and everyone else can band together and raise themselves collectively and sing kumbaya.

    Or, people will voluntarily help each other out, leading to the same success, and be much happier than if the government forced them to help each other out inefficiently, wrongfully lining the pockets of the political elite and well-connected in the process.

    Freedom to choose never hurt anyone. Lack of choice leads to inefficiency and unhappiness.

    Posted by: Jack | Aug 30, 2012 6:35:12 PM

  21. "Most gay rights are legislated at the state level"

    How can people be so ill informed as to believe this? Just look at the marriage issue. DOMA is a FEDERAL law. Same sex marriages in states are almost worthless until DOMA is repealed. In the end most of these issues will be decided by our Federal Supreme Court. What would the court look like today if Obama had lost in 2008? There would be a zero chance Prop 8 or DOMA would be ruled unconstitutional.

    Posted by: Ken | Aug 30, 2012 6:40:15 PM

  22. Any LGBT person who doesn't vote for Obama/Biden is in my, not so humble, opinion a self destructive fool. It is the modern democratic party, with all its flaws, that has fought the good fight for workers & union members, African Americans, women, the lower and middle classes, immigrants, Hispanic Americans and last but not least LGBT people. The republican party has been draged kicking and screaming to reluctantly support some of these folks while constantly trying to protect the privileged upper classes. Its a no brainer folks: OBAMA/BIDEN.

    Posted by: andrew | Aug 30, 2012 6:53:24 PM

  23. JakeinLove and HomoGenius are right on the money...no pun intended. I know a number of 50+ gay men who consider themselves "libertarian" and/or Republican. They are coupled and happy with their domestic arrangement, they don't see marriage as being as big an issue as younger gays do.
    And yes, a lot of them also don't like Obama because he's black, just like the 50+ heterosexuals who consider themselves members of the "tea party". They are financially well off and consider "protecting" their assets more important than protecting their rights. They forget that if it weren't for taxes they'd be living in a 3rd world country...but...oh well. Proof that gay and lesbian people can be just as stupid as anybody else.

    FWIW, I haven't used a land line in 6 years. And I'm in my 30s. Did this poll manage to reach anybody in their 20s?

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Aug 30, 2012 7:28:23 PM

  24. Ohhh...now I see it's an online poll. That's even worse, statistically speaking! I've never seen one targeting the gay community, and if I did I'd ignore it.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Aug 30, 2012 7:30:40 PM

  25. sounds fishy. All my "LGBT" friends (myself included) are voting Obama! woot woot!

    Posted by: Chicklets | Aug 30, 2012 7:55:14 PM

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