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Huge majority of LGBT people in US think homophobia will hurt Buttigieg presidential bid

Vic Parsons July 1, 2019
Chasten and Pete Buttigieg kissing

Pete Buttigieg kissing his husband Chasten. (Scott Olson/Getty)

Openly gay mayor Pete Buttigieg will be challenged by anti-gay sentiment among Democrats in his bid to be US President, according to most LGBT+ people in the US.

Buttigieg, who is currently the mayor of South Bend in Indiana, is seeking the Democratic nomination and has been open about being a gay man – including bringing his husband, Chasten, to campaign events, and them both appearing on the cover of TIME magazine.

But an overwhelming majority of 87 percent of LGBT+ people in the US think that anti-gay sentiment will hurt his presidential bid, even among Democrats, according to a new survey from Whitman Insight Strategies and BuzzFeed News.

When asked the question, “Do you think that homophobia will be a challenge for Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaign during the Democratic primary?”, 87 percent agreed while only 13 percent disagreed.

Buttigieg is the only openly LGBT+ candidate seeking the Democratic nomination. He is the favourite candidate of gay men in the US.

13% of LGBT+ Americans would vote for Trump over Buttigieg

Democratic Presidential candidate, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg,  speaks to the media as they visit the outside of a detention center for migrant children on June 28, 2019 in Homestead, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

According to the new poll, in a head-to-head between Donald Trump and Buttigieg, just 62 percent of LGBT+ people in total would vote for Buttigieg.

Thirteen percent of LGBT+ people in the US would vote for Trump over Buttigieg, while 15 percent would vote for a third-party candidate and 11 percent would not vote at all if that was the choice.

A large majority – 89 percent – of LGBT+ respondents to the survey agreed that it’s harder for LGBT+ candidates to run for public office, compared to their non-LGBT+ counterparts.

Former vice president Joe Biden fares better than Buttigieg in a head-to-head with Trump, with the support of 68 percent of LGBT+ people in the US surveyed.

Bernie Sanders has the most support of LGBT+ people in the US, though, with 72 percent of those surveyed saying they would back him against Trump.

The survey was based on interviews with 801 LGBT+ people between June 5 and June 10 2019.

More: Bernie Sanders, Chasten Buttigieg, democrat, joe biden, Pete Buttigieg

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