Exit Poll Indicates That Over 30 Percent of Gay Voters Cast Ballots for GOP Candidates
November 5, 2010
(ChattahBox U.S. News) – Gay voters’ discord with Democratic leaders could be growing. According to an election day exit poll, 31 percent of gay voters cast their ballots for Republicans last week, which tops the 19 percent of gay voters who voted Republican in the last election, and 24 percent who selected GOP candidates in 2006, Yahoo News reports.
The poll was commissioned by the major cable news networks, and took into account the responses of about 110 voters who identified as gay, lesbian, or bisexual, which represented about three percent of all voters polled. Although still among the top five demographic groups that vote Democratic, the exit poll results could indicate that gay voters are disenchanted with the current administration’s policies, Yahoo News notes.
Although the shift could be attributed to concern over the economy or other issues, one analyst suggests that the change could be due to gay voters’ frustration over how slowly the administration has been to change policies affecting gay and lesbian Americans, such as gay marriage and “don’t ask, don’t tell,” Yahoo News reports.