Poll: Most Republicans don’t want gay kids
A new poll from McClatchy-Marist Polling has shown some interesting numbers around how members of the republican party view LGBT people in their personal lives as well as the political sphere.
The poll, conducted 8/4-7 involved 1,035 Adults. 806 were registered voters, about a 50% of those survey identified with one political party or the other, with an even split of democrat or republican.
About one in three parents surveyed said they would be upset if their child came out as gay, but that number jumps when you examine answers by political affiliation. 73% of republicans said they would be upset – with 23% being very upset – if they had a gay child, and 54% of democrats said they would not be upset at all.
As far as support for legal same-sex marriage, 27% of republicans favor same-sex marriage with 62% of democrats and 57% of Independents favoring as well. Nationally, the poll put same-sex marriage support at 54% with opposition at 38%.
The pathways to which same-sex marriage becomes legal follow party lines with democrats preferring a federal mandate (64%) and republicans preferring the issue decided at the state level (59%).
But no matter your political affiliation, it seems the sexuality of a candidate in an election would make almost no impact in the way either republican or democrat would vote. 84% of dems said it would not make a difference, and 67% of republicans said the same – but 30% of republicans said they would be less likely to vote for an LGBT candidate.
Another part of the poll hoped to examine how much LGBTQ people were prevalent in peoples lives compared to years past, and they found the community was much more visible these days.
“71% of Americans know someone who is gay, and 52% of adults nationally say the number of gay and lesbian people they know has grown over the past ten years,” reads the poll. “This is especially true for younger Americans.”
In a 1999 Pew Research Center poll, only 39% of Americans said they had a friend, colleague, or family member who was gay.
The figure suggesting 62% of parents being alright with having a gay child is also a huge jump; a 1985 LA Times poll found 85% of Americans would have been troubled to find out their child was a sexual minority, with 64% saying they would be “very upset.”
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