August 8, 2007

DARNED VOTERS, JUST WON'T LISTEN TO THEIR BETTERS...:

Gay support could cost candidates (Peter A. Brown, August 8, 2007, Politico)

As the Democratic presidential hopefuls gather in Los Angeles for a precedent-setting gay-sponsored and -themed debate, new data show that in the key Electoral College states the endorsement of gay rights groups hurts a candidate much more than it helps.

Quinnipiac University polls of voters in Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania -- the big three Electoral College swing states -- found voters by large margins more likely to see the endorsement of a gay rights group as a reason to vote against, rather than for, a candidate.

That is especially the case among independent voters -- often the key to winning these critical states -- and much more so among men than women and Republicans than Democrats. [...]

The survey found that the endorsement of abortion rights groups was a net negative, although not as much among independents as the support of gay rights.

The backing of conservative Christian groups, a whipping boy for some Democrats, is a mixed blessing. In the three states, being endorsed by Christian conservative groups gets a candidate roughly the same number of backers as it turns off, according to the data.


Which suggests that FOX ought to trumpet being the un-gay network.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 8, 2007 8:24 PM
Comments

Best to be neither pro- nor anti-gay.

Posted by: erp at August 9, 2007 8:20 AM

The backing of conservative Christian groups, a whipping boy for some Democrats...

Some?

Posted by: Benjamin at August 9, 2007 12:17 PM

Ford learned that the hardway, from what I've read.

Posted by: Genecis at August 9, 2007 1:08 PM
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