Poll: Most voters open to electing gay president but unsure if US is ready

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May 04, 2019 - 2:44 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Is America ready for a gay president? A new poll says a majority of voters are open to it, but less than half of voters think the country as a whole is ready.

The Quinnipiac poll says 70 percent of voters are open to electing a gay man to the White House.

The poll also finds 52 percent of voters think the U.S. isn't ready to elect a gay man as president, while 36 percent of voters do think the country is ready.

According to the poll, 40 percent of Democrats and Democrat-leaning independents think the country is ready.

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It’s a question right now since Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, is getting strong numbers as he runs on the Democratic ticket.

The poll shows 86 percent of Democrats would vote for him as long as he meets policy qualifications.

1010 WINS' Carol D'Auria took to the streets to ask people what they thought about the poll.

Dave, from Hoboken, said he could definitely vote for a gay man for president, but he thinks the rest of the country just isn't ready.

"I mean some people aren't even be comfortable with the idea of a woman being president, so a gay person, I don't know," he said.

Michael, from New York City, said he'd definitely give Buttigieg his vote: "I support you Pete Buttigieg. Don't let them strike you down. You're number one." 

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