Grindr Users Pick Obama, But Think the Economy is More Important Than Equality

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A recent survey by gay dating app Grindr shows interesting -- and somewhat contradicting -- results: While most users of the app support President Obama, they think fixing the economy is more important than legalizing gay marriage, an issue Mitt Romney has based his campaign upon.

The results come from 8,200 respondents. Out of those, 46 percent believe creating jobs tops LGBT equal rights, according to press release.

But when it comes to the presidential election, 76 percent of respondents said they’ll choose Obama, while 20 percent will go for the Republican anti-gay candidate.

“I was honestly a little surprised to see that about 20% of the respondents saying they’d vote for Mitt Romney. A vote for Romney is a vote against your own economic interests – definitely not in favor of them. For all he cares, gay people are invisible in today’s economy,” Joel Simkhai, founder of Grindr, said in a statement.

The survey is part of of Grindr for Equality, a campaign by the gay app to mobilize and educate gay men about the issues at hand in this election.

Last September Grindr started delivering geo-targeted messages about gay rights issues to its 1.5 million U.S. users, not only informing them about what’s at stake for gay men, but also urging them to vote for candidates that support the LGBT community.

“We must elect not only a president but representatives and senators who are supportive of our community and our equality,” said Joel Simkhai, founder and CEO of Grindr, in a statement.

“Local elections have national impact, so we want to use Grindr as a tool for mobilizing and connecting gay men around the country to help make a combined national impact.”


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