More than six in ten U.S. voters say they could support an openly gay candidate for president of the United States, according to a new nationwide poll from Zogby International.
The poll, conducted for the Gay & Lesbian Leadership Institute, asked 1,089 likely voters if they would support an openly gay president, U.S. senator, vice president or cabinet-level secretary if they believed the individual was the most qualified person for the job. Sixty-five percent of survey participants indicated that they “strongly” or “somewhat” agree they could support the presidential candidate.
Seventy-one percent of respondents claimed they would support the appointment of an openly gay cabinet-level secretary. To that end, the Gay & Lesbian Leadership Institute, along with a coalition of partners, launched the Presidential Appointments Project earlier this year to serve as a talent bank for openly LGBT professionals seeking appointed positions in the next presidential administration.
“These results prove that most Americans want to be fair to gay people. Our aspiration is to always see each other as individuals first, and though we may not always succeed at that, our underlying fairness and decency means that one day soon we will. This marks tremendous progress for our community and for the voting public,” said Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of Leadership Institute.
A recent article in The Advocate pondered the practical possibilities of potential gay presidential candidates, coming up with a list that ranged from Providence mayor David Cicilline and Rep. Tammy Baldwin to political pundit Rachel Maddow and 21-year-old superdelegate Jason Rae.