BY STEVE ROTHAUS, srothaus@MiamiHerald.com
Logo TV on Thursday released a survey that shows issues important to LGBT voters this year are also important to much of the general population.
“The findings in this survey demonstrate what many Americans, gay and straight, have been feeling intuitively -- we have reached an historic turning point in the lives of Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Transgender Americans,” Lisa Sherman, executive vice president and general manager of Logo TV, said in a news release. “To see numbers indicating such dramatic support among significant segments of the voting public for LGBT people is heartening. America is filled with allies and champions of gay Americans.”
For example, 49 percent of mainstream voters said they would be more likely to vote for a candidate who supports LGBT-inclusive anti-bullying legislation, up 37 percent from 2007.
Nearly the same percentage (48) would probably vote for candidates who support LGBT-inclusive workplace protections, up 34 percent.
Marriage equality had somewhat less impact (38 percent said they'd vote for candidates who support it; 31 percent less likely).
“This survey documents a political transformation of epic proportions. LGBT rights are no longer a wedge issue in American politics. Instead, support for LGBT rights is now a mainstream position and candidates stand to benefit from their support for LGBT rights," said Kenneth Sherrill, professor emeritus of Political Science, Hunter College, CUNY. "The data also demonstrate that LGBT voters are active, savvy, and discerning voters who support candidates who support their interests, but that they also are by no means blindly loyal to any politician or party.”
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Here's the complete Logo news release with details of the survey:Logo TV Presidential Survey NEWS RELEASE