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LGBT Voters Gave Obama Edge In 2012 Election

ObamareelectionPrior to the election, Gallup predicted that LGBT voters, overwhelmingly pro-Obama, had the potential to tip the election decisively in the president's favor.

Well, a new analysis of election data appears to validate that theory.

From a New York Times article called "Gay Voters Seen As Crucial In Obama's Victory" UPDATE: the article is now called "Gay Support Buoyed Obama":

Mr. Obama’s more than three-to-one edge in exit polls among the 5 percent of voters who identified as gay, lesbian or bisexual was more than enough to give him the ultimate advantage, according to the study, by Gary J. Gates of the Williams Institute at the U.C.L.A. School of Law, in conjunction with Gallup. The results are consistent with earlier research on the size and political beliefs of gay voters.


As with Latinos and Asian-Americans, the number of voters who identify as gay appears to be growing. Only 1.9 percent of Americans over 65 identify as 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 all evidence and reality, J. Hogan Gidley, a communications director for failed presidential candidate Rick Santorum, told the Times that the Republican Party can't move to the center on marriage because they'll lose die-hard conservatives.

"I think it would be a mistake for the party to abandon its moral values,” he said. He later reduced the debate to a battle of "buzzwords:" "We’ve lost the buzzword battle... that marriage is a 'right.'"

R. Clarke Cooper from the Log Cabin Republicans told the paper the GOP's platform is "a good plan," but is too often drowned out by "the cacophony and the noise that is perceived as anti-immigrant, or anti-L.G.B.T., or anti-women." So, basically the platform itself. [Correction: Cooper wrote in to say that he supports the GOP's small-government agenda, not the platform.]

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  1. Came to one realization during this election. Most gay youth aren't too bright, Breaking up the fight Hammer, will not protect you from the real straight haters. I've never felt that being gay was so managed" in my life. Wow.

    Posted by: Gary | Nov 15, 2012 11:46:55 PM

  2. You can't look at the popular vote. Look at the electoral college. I doubt that gays made the difference in most of the swing states. Virginia? Ohio? Michigan? Okay, maybe Florida, but he'd already won by the time they counted the votes.

    Posted by: dms | Nov 16, 2012 12:56:12 AM

  3. @Gary: Its not a "dorky" comment to remind you that the people have spoken and have chosen Obama for another term. It is just the fact, so as I said deal with it!

    Posted by: andrew | Nov 16, 2012 2:49:52 AM

  4. It's comforting to know that only 25% of gay voters have little to no self-respect whatsoever.

    Posted by: Michael | Nov 16, 2012 8:51:19 AM

  5. Nothing to "deal with" here. I've been through many presidential administrations. Never one that "used" gays though. Keep your bum clean.

    Posted by: Gary | Nov 16, 2012 11:10:57 AM

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