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Economy top issue to gay voters

It seems that Mitt Romney has an opening among gay voters who have not yet made up their mind in the presidential contest. According to a “new poll commissioned by Logo TV . . . [,] the economy ranks as the top issue among LGBT voters going into the presidential election“:

Eighteen percent of the 1,190 self-identified LGBT voters whom Harris Interactive polled on behalf of the network between Aug. 10-15 listed the economy as their primary concern. Fourteen percent of respondents indicated unemployment and jobs as their top priority going into November, while health care ranked third with 12 percent. Nine percent of respondents listed “gay rights in general” as their top priority, while only six percent said marriage rights for same-sex couples is the most important issue.

Only fifteen percent of gay voters consider “gay rights in general” and same-sex marriage as their top priority.  I would dare say that those voters have already made up their mind and will be backing Mr. Obama this fall.

It makes sense that the economy and jobs would be the most important issues to gay Americans as our concerns are not much different from our straight counterparts.

There is an opening for Republicans here, provided they avoid making opposition to gay marriage a focus of the campaign  — and it doesn’t seem they have any plans to make it the focus.  Gay Americans, like all Americans, recognize that our candidates aren’t perfect and that a politician doesn’t have to support every item on our agenda to earn our support.

The key here is what is the most important issue to us.  And where the candidate’s focus lies.

(More on this anon as time allows.)



  1. Obviously those other 91% who didn’t put “gay rights” as their top priority are self-loathing and selfish people who only care about tax cuts, and the 94% who didn’t put gay-sex marriage as their top priority are Jewish Nazis and kapos who want to put gays in concentration camps.

    /Joe Jervis, Dan Savage, Pam Spaulding, et al.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — August 24, 2012 @ 12:46 pm - August 24, 2012

  2. I suspect the vast majority of voters rank the economy at the top of their issues list.

    The challenge is making a concise argument for why their plan for the economy is better in light of the media waving bright shiny things to distract voters from their plan.

    I do know that Obama has had 4 years to show me he could improve the economy and has done nothing to make me think I should grant him 4 more years to do nothing but increase the debt.

    Romney and Ryan need to pound their ideas for how they will help the economy and their plan for the debt and they shouldn’t allow the media to push them off message with their bight shiny objects.

    Comment by Just Me — August 24, 2012 @ 12:58 pm - August 24, 2012

  3. Will be interesting to see the percent of gay votes that R-R get this November.

    Will be boring, though perhaps a bit comic, to see all the clueless comments from lefties that follow it no matter what the number is, “How could any gay person vote for Bushitler blah blah blah…”

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — August 24, 2012 @ 4:02 pm - August 24, 2012

  4. If memory serves, 23-percent of self-identifying voters in exit polls when GW Bush was elected…and how many more didn’t self-identify to the pollsters but still voted for GW Bush? …So much for the Gay Left’s “How could any gay person vote for Bushitler”-trope.

    Even with the non-charismatic R-R ticket, I suspect many-more G/Ls will vote Republican this-round for economic-reasons…and or just out of disillusionment and a sense of betrayal by Pres. Obama.

    How’s that HOPE and CHANGE working for you?

    …by way of a footnote, “Forward” was the campaign-motto of that noted socialist Benito Mussolini’s Fascist Party. Avanti!

    Comment by Ted B. (Charging Rhino) — August 25, 2012 @ 10:01 am - August 25, 2012

  5. Didn’t know that, Ted! Interesting.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — August 25, 2012 @ 12:22 pm - August 25, 2012

  6. “Forward”

    “Stay the Course.”

    Comment by Cinesnatch — August 25, 2012 @ 1:30 pm - August 25, 2012

  7. “Avanti!” was the name of the Italian Socialist Party publication Mussolini was ousted from before he joined the Fascist Party.

    One of the main tenets of Fascism is eschewing egalitarianism.

    Comment by Cinesnatch — August 25, 2012 @ 2:13 pm - August 25, 2012

  8. One of the main tenets of Fascism is limited government. Another is eschewing egalitarianism.

    Comment by Cinesnatch — August 25, 2012 @ 2:13 pm – August 25, 2012

    Yes, because Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany had the most limited governments in existence.

    (rolls eyes)

    Meanwhile, let’s point out the definition of “egalitarianism” that Cinesnatch uses, which is that government should punish and redistribute wealth from those who work and produce it to those who, like Cinesnatch, are minorities and thus entitled to it.

    In the world of Cinesnatch, eschewing egalitarianism means opposing the government’s attempt to take by force and redistribute wealth. According to Cinesnatch, those who work and earn are no better than those who don’t, and the goal of government is to ensure that those who do not work and earn are viewed as “equal” and have “equal” wealth to those who do.

    Again, it’s the language-twisting that liberals do. Liberals detest the idea of a limited government because a limited government cannot redistribute wealth and enforce the social leveling that Cinesnatch demands for his benefit. Cinesnatch believes that any reduction in the size of government threatens his fundamental right to force Mitt Romney and others who have more than he does to give him their money and property.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — August 25, 2012 @ 2:25 pm - August 25, 2012

  9. 7. Should read unlimited government. As in, for every “leftist” element of fascism, there’s a tenet from the right.

    Comment by Cinesnatch — August 25, 2012 @ 2:39 pm - August 25, 2012

  10. One of the main tenets of Fascism is -UN-limited government. Another is eschewing nationalist egalitarianism (appeals to the nation’s worker or “common man”; egalitarianism for the nation/race).

    As in, for every “leftist” element of fascism, there’s a -yet another- tenet from the right Left.


    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — August 25, 2012 @ 3:11 pm - August 25, 2012

  11. (continued) The right-wingers in Germany, Italy and Spain were the people who supported the traditional privileges of the Church, monarchy and/or traditional aristocracy (harking back somewhat to feudalism). Those people were late to support fascism – or in many cases, never supported it.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — August 25, 2012 @ 3:17 pm - August 25, 2012

  12. (continued) Fascism as being somehow a right-wing thing, was an invention of Communist propaganda: first as they competed against the fascists for the support of the common man / worker (the fascists selling national socialism, the commies selling international socialism); still more after Hitler invaded the Soviet Union; and yet more after the Holocaust was revealed as undeniable, meaning that the fundamental overlaps in communism and fascism must be obscured at all cost.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — August 25, 2012 @ 3:27 pm - August 25, 2012

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