In what political observers see as a historically close election heading into the campaign’s final weekend, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) voters are breaking even more toward President Barack Obama in a new pre-election poll released by Logo TV and conducted by Harris Interactive.
In the online survey completed Oct. 23–28, 2012, following the third presidential debate, 72 percent of LGBT voters now report their initial support for the re-election of President Barack Obama, up 7 percent from Logo TV’s benchmark poll conducted by Harris Interactive Aug. 10-15, 2012, prior to the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. In this new poll, Mitt Romney receives support from 20 percent of LGBT voters, statistically the same support he received in the pre-conventions poll of 21 percent. When the LGBT vote is looked at with those who “lean” toward one candidate or the other, Obama’s margin over Romney increases from +44 in the Aug. 10-15 benchmark (67 percent-23 percent) to +53 now (73 percent-20 percent). This contrasts with the national vote, in which Obama’s lead over Romney, including leaners, moved from +6 lead (48 percent-42 percent) before the conventions to -2 deficit (43 percent-45 percent) immediately following the debates.
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