An overwhelming majority of Americans support the idea of a gay or lesbian presidential candidate, according to a poll, which might benefit South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who identifies as gay and has launched an exploratory committee on a possible White House run in 2020.
Buttigieg’s popularity has grown in recent weeks, and the 37-year-old has said he is close to making a decision on whether he will run in the 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary.
An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, which was first published in March, shows that Americans’ attitudes toward a gay or lesbian presidential candidate have changed drastically in the past 10 years.
2019 survey findings
- 54% of Americans said they would be comfortable with a gay or lesbian person running for president
- 14% said that they would be “enthusiastic” about a gay or lesbian candidate
Those numbers are a stark contrast from a similar poll conducted in 2006.
More than 50% of Americans either had “reservations” about or were “very uncomfortable” with a gay person running for president
A combined 43% of American voters said they were either “comfortable” with or “enthusiastic” about a gay or lesbian person running for president
Gay president support
The 2019 survey shows that multiple age groups have shifted their thinking on the question.
- 75 % of American voters under 35 say they would be enthusiastic or comfortable with a gay presidential candidate, compared to 47% in 2016
- 56% of voters 65 and older are either “enthusiastic” about or “comfortable” with the possibility, compared to 31% in 2006
Buttigieg gains popularity
Since launching his exploratory committee, Buttigieg has emerged as a popular figure. During a series of cross-country promotional trips and media appearances, the Buttigieg has talked opening about his Christian faith, abandoning the Electoral College for presidential elections,
Buttigieg has emerged as a popular figure in the months since launching his exploratory committee for a 2020 presidential run. The 37-year-old has called for numerous progressive reforms, including abandoning the Electoral College for presidential elections.
Buttigieg raises $7 million
Buttigieg announced earlier in the week that he raised more than $7 million in the first quarter of this year.
The NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll was conducted between February 24 and 27 and surveyed 900 adults. It has a margin of error of 3.3 percentage points.