70% of voters in the US would vote for a gay man as president, a new poll has found.
The poll, which was conducted by Quinnipiac, found that 85% of Democrats and 46% of Republicans were willing to see a gay man become president.
The survey comes as openly gay presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg and mayor of South Bend, Indiana, is polling highly among Democratic voters.
He is among a field of Democratic contenders who will be running in the 2020 presidential elections.
However, the poll came with a caveat. It also found that 53% of voters do not believe that the US currently is ready for a gay president.
Researchers say this is both good news and bad news for Buttigieg’s chances at claiming the White House.
‘Voters seem ready to accept a gay man as president’
The poll found that people between the ages of 18 and 34 were the most likely to support an openly gay presidential candidate. 82% confirmed they would, with 14% saying they would not, and 4% saying they did not know.
Support for a gay candidate was also high among Hispanic voters. 77% of Hispanics said they would vote for a gay president, compared to 69% of white people and 66% of black people.
Only 11% of Democrats said they would not vote for a gay presidential candidate, compared to 46% of Republicans.
However, the numbers become less optimistic for gay candidates when respondents were asked about their current outlook.
Only 36% of respondents said that the US is currently ready for a gay president, with 53% saying the country is not at that stage yet. 12% said they did not know.
The results found that Democrats were divided on whether the country was ready for a gay president. 43% said it is, 49% said it is not, and 8% who were not sure.
This is compared with Republicans, of whom 30% said the US is ready for a gay president, 60% said it was not, and 10% saying they did not know.
With regards to Buttigieg’s presidential run, researchers say these results offer a mixed bag.
‘The good news for Mayor Pete Buttigieg is that voters seem ready to accept a gay man as president,’ says Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University poll.
‘The bad news for Buttigieg is that voters believe it just isn’t going to happen.’
Gearing up for 2020
Since announcing his plans to run for president in January, Buttigieg has experienced a surge of popularity.
However, current polls place former Vice President Joe Biden firmly in the lead.
Biden had a maintained strong of support among Democratic voters even before officially announcing his presidential run, which he did last week.
56% of those polled said Biden has the best chance to beat President Donald Trump in next year’s elections.
Trailing behind Biden is Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, with only 12% believing he would be best suited to defeat Trump.
‘The Democratic primary race suddenly gets real with a fast start by former Vice President Joe Biden and a very clear indication from voters that he is the only candidate who can send President Trump packing 18 months from now,’ said Malloy.
The Quinnipiac poll also found that Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren has begun climbing in the polls. Warren has risen to third place, overtaking Buttigieg.
Last month, a Change Research survey found that Buttigieg polling in third place among Democratic primary voters. The mayor received 17% of support from the 2,500 Democrats polled.
In the first place was Biden with 21% of the vote, and Sanders with 20%.