The breakdown of the demographics of voters in an election has always fascinated me. You can typically know that for the most part, a specific demographic of individuals is going to vote for a certain political party or a ballot initiative based upon their demographics. Gay people, women, other minorities and the poor are more likely to vote for democrats compared to Caucasians, the rich, Christians and straight men are more likely to vote for a republican candidate.
The midterm elections of 2014 are already shaping up to have many interesting races to follow. In Pennsylvania the incumbent governor may become the first governor to be unseated by a challenger in the state’s history. There is also a real possibility of Pennsylvania nominating its first female governor. The governor’s race in Texas will be intriguing to watch as the state legislature continues to pass polarizing initiatives and Rick Perry is not going to seek reelection (Could he be gearing up for another run for the White House?). The mayoral and city comptroller races in New York City that will be held later this year featuring two candidates with sex scandals are sure to be entertaining.
As the dynamics of the 2014 elections are beginning to take shape, I pondered a question that I want to conduct some research on for a future blog entry that I will present before the November 2014 elections.
As a gay man, I have considered myself to be conservative for a while now. My support for Republican candidates has been swaying over the years as I have become more disgruntled by the way Republican candidates pander to the neo-conservative base of their party. John McCain was one of the most moderate conservatives to run for president in many years. Rumors say he wanted Joe Lieberman as his running mate in 2008, but the conservative base refused that notion and instead he chose Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. One of the reasons Mitt Romney was able to be the governor of the liberal state of Massachusetts because of his willingness to cross party lines and being a moderate. He too was forced to become a hardline Republican to win over the pocketbooks of large neo-conservative donors, which makes up only a small fraction of the republican party. Most Americans want a moderate president, Congress, governors and state legislatures. I often feel disenfranchised by both of the main political parties in this country because we get two polarizing candidates instead of the more moderate politicians.
Bipartisanship is becoming a bad word in this country and each side prefer to stonewall their opposing party. One of the latest examples of this comes to us from Wyoming Senatorial candidate Liz Cheney. She recently made a statement about bipartisanship in Obama’s administration by saying, “Instead of cutting deals with the president’s allies in Congress, we can be opposing them every step of the way.” Now don’t get me wrong, Congresspeople that treat bipartisanship as a disease come from both sides of the political aisle. I’m getting a bit off topic here, so I digress.
I assume the majority of my blog’s viewers are either gay or support the LGBT community. Republicans have given a bad name to themselves by becoming the “moral crusaders” over the years. I believe over the next few years we will see some republicans evolve on the issue of LGBT rights. We’ve already seen it with some lesser known Republicans that ran for president in 2012. Former Ambassador to China, Jon Huntsman, Jr. acknowledge his support for civil unions for gay couples. We also saw Former New Mexico Governor, Gary Johnson support full marriage equality for LGBT couples. He ran for the Republican nomination before dropping out and winning the Libertarian nomination for president. He was the candidate I supported after Jon Huntsman dropped out of the nominating process. With an impending evolution of republicans, I wonder how many of you could support a Republican candidate for political office if they supported equal rights for the LGBT community in America.
Now to get down to the meat of my intention for this entry. I would like to know if those that identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, transexual/transgendered, or a heterosexual supporter of gay rights would vote for a republican candidate for any political office if the candidate was supportive of LGBT rights. What if they are an active supporter and would advocate for LGBT rights? What if they were passive and while support gay rights they would not actively campaign for the passage of pro-LGBT legislation? Why would you, or why would you not?
For my straight conservative friends out there, could you support either scenarios I have painted above? Why or why not? And, if no, could you support a candidate that is running as a democrat if they were against gay rights? Why or why not?
I have provided multiple methods of voting and letting your opinion be heard. You can vote in the polls below, you can answer in the comments, you can tweet me at PoliticalQueers, or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. For the sake of this entry, please refrain from saying couldn’t vote for a candidate because of other issues you may disagree with. For instance many might say they couldn’t vote for a republican because they’re pro-choice and the candidate is pro-life. Think only of the fact the candidate is a republican and supports gay rights. Let me know if you email or tweet me your opinion if you voted in the poll as well.
I plan to publish my unscientific findings at another time in the future. I want to get a good turnout for this poll and ask that you pass the poll around to your networks. Also, I plan to use some comments I get. Let me know if you want to remain anonymous. If you don’t state you want to be anonymous I will assume I can identify you in the future post. I look forward to seeing the results! Thank you so much for helping me on this.