70 Percent of American Voters Are Open to Electing A Gay President but Majority Don't Think Others Are: Poll

A majority of American voters are open to electing a gay president in 2020, but don't believe the rest of the country is, according to a new poll.

In the latest Quinnipiac University Poll, released Tuesday, 70 percent of registered voters surveyed were open to electing a gay president. However, 52 percent of respondents said they don't believe America is ready. Among Republicans, a group consisting of more conservatives than among Democrats, 46 percent said they were open to electing a president who is a gay man.

"The good news for Mayor Pete Buttigieg is that voters seem ready to accept a gay man as president. The bad news for Buttigieg is that voters believe it just isn't going to happen," Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, said in a statement.

Pete Buttigieg—a 37-year-old gay, veteran Midwest mayor from South Bend, Indiana–—officially launched his 2020 presidential campaign earlier this month.

"My name is Pete Buttigieg. They call me Mayor Pete," Buttigieg said to a cheering crowd in his hometown. "I am a proud son of South Bend, Indiana. And I am running for President of the United States." If elected, Buttigieg, who married his partner Chasten Glezman in 2018, will become America's first openly gay president.

The findings comes just after Buttigieg surged to 8 percent in the latest Monmouth University Poll, released last week, among a field of 24 already-announced and potential Democratic candidates, a figure considerably higher than the 1 percent he garnered in the previous poll conducted by the same researchers. According to that poll, Buttigieg now places third-equal alongside Senator Kamala Harris, who also gathered 8 percent of votes.

Former Vice President Joe Biden, who officially announced his 2020 presidential bid last week, held the top spot, with 26 percent of votes from Democrats and Democratic-leaning respondents. Senator Bernie Sanders followed slightly behind in second place, with 20 percent.

In a Suffolk University/Boston Globe poll of New Hampshire Democratic primary voters, released earlier today, Biden came in at first place again, with 20 percent of registered voters backing his candidacy, while Buttigieg and Sanders tied for second place, with 12 percent of votes each.

The Tuesday Quinnipiac poll—which surveyed 1,044 registered voters across America from April 26-29—had Buttigieg coming in at fourth place, with 10 percent of votes among Democrats and voters leaning Democratic. Meanwhile, Biden once again took the No. 1 spot, with 38 percent of the vote, followed by Senator Elizabeth Warren, with 12 percent, and Sanders with 10 percent.

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2020 Democratic presidential candidate and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks to the media after meeting with Reverend Al Sharpton for lunch at famed Sylvia’s Restaurant in Harlem on April 29, 2019 in New York City. A new Quinnipiac University poll, released Tuesday, showed that 70 percent of American voters were open to electing a gay president. Spencer Platt/Getty Images
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