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High marks for Obama, Clinton in Blade poll

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was the lopsided favorite for president in 2016 in a new Blade poll. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Participants in an unscientific straw poll conducted by the Washington Blade at the Capital Pride festival on June 8 gave President Barack Obama an overall job approval rating of 77 percent, a significantly higher rating than he received in a Gallup Poll conducted June 8-10.

Among the 319 mostly LGBT people who participated in the Blade poll, 21 percent expressed disapproval of the president’s job performance and 2 percent had no opinion.

According to the Gallup daily tracking poll on Obama’s job approval for the period of June 8-10, 46 percent of the approximately 1,500 people nationwide contacted by phone said they approved of the president’s job performance, compared to 47 percent who expressed disapproval. Seven percent had no opinion.

The most recent Gallup tracking poll for the period of June 12-14 — in the midst of the deteriorating military situation in Iraq — shows the president’s approval rating dropped to 40 percent and his disapproval rating rose to 55 percent, with 5 percent having no opinion.

In a separate question in the Blade’s Pride festival poll, participants were asked to rate Obama’s job performance specifically on LGBT issues. Forty-three percent rated his performance on LGBT issues as “excellent,” 38 percent rated his performance as “good,” 15 percent rated him as “fair” on LGBT issues, and 4 percent gave him a “poor” rating on those issues.

With attention among many political observers turning to the 2016 U.S. presidential election, the Blade’s Pride poll asked participants to express their current preference for one of 11 political figures – both Democrats and Republicans – who are believed to be considering running for president in 2016.

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton emerged as the choice of a lopsided 65 percent of the straw poll participants. The category of “undecided” came in second place, with 21 percent of those participating indicating they weren’t ready to commit to a candidate.

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) came in a distant third, with 6 percent expressing support for her.

The remaining potential 2016 presidential candidates included in the Blade straw poll received 3 percent or less:

• Vice President Joseph Biden (D) – 3 percent


• Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) – 0.3 percent


• Gov. Martin O’Malley (D-Md.) – 1 percent


• Former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-Fla.) – 0.6 percent


• Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) – 2 percent


• Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ken.) – 1 percent


• Former Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) – 0.3 percent


• Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) – 0.3 percent


• Former Gov. Jon Huntsman (R-Utah) – 0.3 percent


The support expressed for Clinton in the Blade straw poll is consistent with anecdotal reports from LGBT activists throughout the country that Clinton enjoys strong support in the LGBT community.

The 319 participants in the Blade’s presidential approval and 2016 presidential preference straw poll represent a sample too small to statistically represent the sentiment of the more than 100,000 people who attended the June 8 Capital Pride festival.


Study finds more gays lack health coverage

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LGBT adults are more likely to lack health insurance coverage.

LOS ANGELES — LGBT adults are more likely than their straight counterparts to lack health insurance coverage (17.6 vs. 13.2 percent respectively), according to a Gallup study released this week by the UCLA School of Law and reported by the Windy City Times.

The study considered change in health care coverage in the last quarter of 2013 and second quarter of 2014, which roughly represent the periods before and after open enrollment associated with Affordable Care Act (ACA), known as Obamacare. Since the fourth quarter of 2013, the percentage of uninsured LGBT adults fell 4.4 percentage points, compared to a 3.5 point drop among non-LGBT Americans, researchers said in a press release.

The analyses are based on more than 6,000 interviews with LGBT adults (aged 18 and older) and more than 166,000 interviews with non-LGBT adults conducted from June 2013 to June 2014 as part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index survey, the press release said. These Gallup data represent the largest survey of health and well-being that allows for identification of LGBT respondents, the UCLA School of Law press release notes.


Report: 10 percent of D.C. residents are LGBT

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(Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

A Gallup report released on Friday indicates the nation’s capital has the highest percentage of self-identified LGBT residents in the country in comparison to the 50 states.

Ten percent of the 493 D.C. residents who responded to Gallup’s daily tracking polls between June 1 and Dec. 30 identified themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. 3.3 percent of the 4,195 Marylanders and 2.9 percent of the 6,323 Virginians who took part in the surveys said they are LGBT.

Only 1.7 percent of North Dakotans who took part in the Princeton, N.J.-based polling company’s daily tracking polls during the same period identified themselves as LGBT.

The report did not compare D.C. to other cities, but Gary Gates of the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law told the Washington Blade he feels the statistics provide a more accurate snapshot of the country’s LGBT population.

“It was an acknowledgment on their part that this was a part of the population that was being talked about a lot and that there was not much data to speak to that,” Gates, who released the report with Gallup Editor-in-Chief Frank Newport, said. “I think they just saw that as an important investment.”

A separate Gallup report released last October noted 3.4 percent of the 121,290 Americans who took part in its daily tracking poll between June 1 and Sept. 30, 2012, said they were LGBT.

The Williams Institute in 2011 unveiled a study that estimates 3.5 percent of adults in the United States are either lesbian, gay or bisexual. The think tank also concluded nearly 700,000 Americans are transgender, but Gallup conceded in its Oct. 2012 report that accurately gauging sexual orientation and gender identity “can be challenging because these concepts involve complex social and cultural patterns.”

Harris Interactive, Community Marketing, Inc., and other survey companies already compile LGBT-specific data. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in June 2011 announced it plans to add a question about sexual orientation to the National Health Interview Survey this year, but the U.S. census currently does not include any that are LGBT-specific.

“I do think it is part of a general process that’s going on of convincing these surveys that this is a portion of the population that we need to some way measure,” Gates said in response to the Blade’s question about the report’s potential impact on the movement to make the census explicitly LGBT-inclusive. “It’s great that a health survey is doing it, but I’d love us to move it to where we get it more routinely outside of simply the sphere of health.”


Most Americans see anti-gay bias as a problem

WASHINGTON — A New Gallup poll released this week shows that 63 percent of Americans see anti-gay discrimination as either a very serious or somewhat serious problem.

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Only 9 percent of respondents to the poll said that anti-gay discrimination was not a problem at all. Respondents’ impressions of anti-gay discrimination in their hometown, however, were lower, with more believing anti-gay discrimination was not a problem or not very much of a problem locally. Forty-five percent of respondents said that gay issues will always divide Americans, while 51 percent said Americans will agree on gay issues some day, according to snippets of poll responses posted by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.