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New poll: More than half U.S. voters would support openly gay President

Monday, March 29, 2010
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A new poll says more than half of U.S. voters would support an openly gay president, or an openly gay person in a top government position.

Image: CBS/Vanity Fair

The 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair survey found more Americans accepting of gays and lesbians in powerful and high-profile positions in sports and government than were opposed.

Fifty percent of respondents said they would accept a gay president and 44 percent said they would not. Another 55 percent said they would be comfortable with a gay Supreme Court justice and 56 percent would accept a gay secretary of state.

The world of sports does even better — 60 percent responded they would accept a gay quarterback playing in the Super Bowl. And for pageant followers, more than 50 percent responded a gay Miss America would be OK too.

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