Most Americans said that they would at least be comfortable with a gay presidential candidate in a recent poll.
A new NBC/WSJ poll found that 14% of Americans said they would be “enthusiastic” about having a gay or a lesbian presidential candidate and another 54% would be “comfortable.”
This is an increase since the NBC/WSJ poll asked the same question in 2006, when only 43% were at least “comfortable” with the idea of a gay or lesbian presidential candidate.
Younger people were more likely to accept a gay or lesbian presidential candidate than older people. 18-34 year olds increased their support by 28% and support among those over 65 increased by 25%.
Gallup Poll has asked similar questions to find if people say they would vote for a president of various backgrounds. In 2015, 74% of people on that poll said they would vote for a gay or lesbian candidate, 92% said they would vote for a woman, and 92% said they would vote for a black person.
Only the hypothetical atheist president and Muslim president did worse on that poll at 58% and 60%, respectively.