Polls are a hot mess. For the most part, other than a hint at what some people are thinking, they don’t really matter much; I mean, we all remember those polls that said Obama was going to lose to Mittsy back in the 2012 election right? And look what happened there!
You can take the same poll question and get completely different answers depending on where you asked the question — Californians would answer differently than South Carolinians — and whom you asked —t he one-percent would not be so similar to the rest of us — and then there’s when you asked — a question now about the 2016 presidential election would be very different than the same question being asked say a year from now.
Still, there’s a new poll from the Wall Street Journal and NBC that says more Americans feel comfortable with a presidential candidate who identifies as gay or lesbian than with one who identifies as an evangelical Christian.
Oops. Sorry Mike Huckabee. Pack up your clown car and go home.
This latest poll lists a series of qualities in a potential presidential candidate and asked respondents whether they'd "be enthusiastic," "be comfortable with," "have some reservations about" or "be very uncomfortable with" a candidate with each of those qualities:
61% say they would either “be enthusiastic” about, or “be comfortable with” a gay or lesbian candidate, while just 37 percent said they would have reservations or be uncomfortable.
52% said they'd be enthusiastic about or comfortable with an evangelical Christian running for president, but 44% expressed some degree of hesitancy about the idea.
Now, to be fair, where was this poll done, and who was asked, because those are important questions that might explain some of these answers, but, aside from the hilarity of Ellen DeGeneres having a better shot at the White House than Mike Huckabee, it does show that this shift toward more LGBT-friendly Americans is still happening.
And that’s a good thing.