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posted Friday, January 7, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 01

We love Obama the most, new poll says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

An October 2010 poll newly released by the Huffington Post shows that President Obama's standing with the LGBT community was much higher than with the country at large, even before DADT was repealed.

The survey conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, interviewed 1,077 self-identified members of the LGBT community nation-wide. Half were interviewed by phone and the other half online.

Sixty-four percent said they approved or strongly approved of the way President Obama was handling his job.

Forty-six percent said they thought the country was heading in the 'right direction' while 49% said the 'wrong direction.'

This contrasts with polls of all likely voters regardless of sexual orientation. Only 30% of all likely voters said the country was going in the right direction, with 62% saying it was headed in the wrong direction.

The polling was done in October, before the November election and well before DADT was repealed.

Greenberg Quinlan Rosner often does internal polling for Democratic candidates. The survey on the president's standing was not made public at the time it was taken.

Huffington Post got the results from an individual identified only as a 'high-ranking LGBT operative' on condition that the full survey would not be published.

According to the Huffington Post, the 'operative' cited the poll 'as evidence that the Gay community was not disaffected with the president prior to November's midterm elections and that they would not lose patience with Obama even if he fails to persuade Congress to move major agenda items in the years ahead.'

'The research is very current and my guess is, if anything, the numbers will be better now that DADT was repealed, not worse,' the operative said.

The poll may help refute the idea that the president's popularity with the LGBT community remains on thin ice despite DADT repeal.

Some activists who had been highly critical of President Obama now acknowledge that repeal of DADT was a major victory for the administration.

'I was one of the administration's toughest critics and thought they should have moved more quickly,' said Equality Matters President Richard Socarides.

'I think now, the only thing anyone cares about is that it is done. And I think President Obama's strategy paid off and he deserves a lot of credit. So I think people in the Gay-rights community feel very positive towards him and there is no other way about it.'

According to Huffington Post, Socarides was not the source who gave them the poll.

Civil rights issues were not the only ones affecting the president's standing with the LGBT community, however.

Only 5% of the Greenberg Quinlan Rosner survey's respondents described LGBT rights as the most important issue facing the country today.

Fifty-eight percent cited the economy as their top concern.



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