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.)