Same-sex marriage may be dominating the headlines nationwide, but political candidates' stances on other LGBT-relevant issues are also significantly impacting voters' decisions as November gets closer.
According to a new survey released today by Logo TV, 49 percent of the general population would also be more likely to vote for a candidate if he or she supported legislation to define and prevent bullying of LGBT youth, while 41 percent would favor a political official who would continue to allow LGBT people to serve openly in the U.S. military.
Dr. Kenneth Sherrill of New York's Hunter College, who advised the Logo project, was among those to also praise its findings, saying it documented a "political transformation of epic proportions."
"LGBT rights are no longer a wedge issue in American politics," he added. "Instead, support for LGBT rights is now a mainstream position and candidates stand to benefit from their support for LGBT rights."
More specifically, the poll (which surveyed a total of 1,367 U.S. voters "reflecting the broader American electorate" and 1,190 self-identified LGBT voters, according to Logo officials) found that the LGBT population prioritized the same issues of the economy, unemployment, and health care as heterosexual people.
The number one most important issue for LGBT voters was the economy (18 percent), followed by unemployment/jobs (14 percent). "Gay rights in general" came in fourth with nine percent while just six percent listed same-sex marriage as the top priority.
Though 67 percent of the LGBT voters polled said they planned to vote to re-elect Obama, one out of five said they'd be more likely to vote for Mitt Romney if he held the same positions on same-sex marriage and other LGBT-relevant issues as the president.
View more findings from the Logo TV poll below:
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