A newly released poll revealed that a majority of voters throughout the country would support a gay presidential candidate.
The poll, conducted by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal, showed that 61 percent of participants said they would be “enthusiastic” or “comfortable with an LGBT president. Fifty-two percent said the same about an evangelical candidate.
Participants were asked in the poll to choose from a number of traits of hypothetical presidential candidates and describe their feeling for each as either “enthusiastic,” “comfortable,” “have some reservations,” “uncomfortable,” or “not sure.”
Of the 1,000 people surveyed, 33 percent said they would support a Tea Party candidate, 85 percent showed support for a woman candidate, 83 percent said they would vote for a candidate with military background, and 82 percent expressed their willingness to support a Hispanic candidate.
The same survey was conducted in 2006, and just 43 percent of Americans at that time said they would support for a gay candidate. Support for a Tea Party candidate was slightly higher in the 2011 poll than this year’s, with 35 percent of participants approving as opposed to 33 percent this year.
The poll was taken from April 26 to April 30 of this year, and the margin of error is 3.10 percentage points.
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