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Majority Of Americans Would Be Fine With Supporting A Gay Presidental Candidate, Study Finds

05/19/2014 03:04 pm ET | Updated Feb 02, 2016

A new survey reveals that a gay or lesbian American president could one day become a viable reality.

Released by the PewResearch Center For The People & The Press, the survey shows immense changes in American attitudes towards the sexual orientation of their political leaders. According to the survey:

"...at a time of increasing acceptance of homosexuality, most Americans (66%) say it wouldn’t matter if a presidential candidate is gay or lesbian; 27% say they would be less likely to support a gay or lesbian candidate while 5% would be more likely.

In 2007, nearly half (46%) said they would be less likely to vote for a homosexual candidate."

The result comes at a time when Americans are seeing more openly gay candidates running for public office. These include former "American Idol" contestant Clay Aiken, who recently won the Democratic primary for a North Carolina congressional seat, and Republican candidate Fred Karger, who ran for president in 2012.

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