The results are in, and according to a recent Gallup poll, a slim margin of Americans would rather see a lesbian or gay candidate occupy the Oval Office over an evangelical Christian.
For decades, Gallup has been posing the following question to potential voters:
If your party nominated a generally well-qualified person for president who happened to be _______, would you vote for that person?
The results of the poll shows a growing acceptance of groups who were formally marginalized. Over 90 percent of those surveyed said that they would vote for a Catholic, female, black, Hispanic or Jewish candidate. Mormons didn't poll as well and received only an 81 percent favorability rating.
Perhaps the most interesting statistic in the poll was the growing acceptance of gay and lesbian candidates who received a favorability rating of 74 percent, up from 68 percent in the poll taken in 2012. Evangelical Christians scored 73 percent. Muslims received 60 percent.
Americans show most bias toward socialists (47 percent) and atheists (58 percent).
Not surprisingly, the vote was split among party lines. Of Republicans surveyed, 84 percent said they would vote for an evangelical candidate, while only 61 percent found a gay or lesbian candidate favorable. Conversely, 85 percent of Democrats surveyed would vote for a gay or lesbian candidate, while only 61 percent were accepting of an evangelical candidate.
Results for this Gallup poll are based on telephone interviews conducted June 2-7, 2015, with a random sample of 1,527 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. For results based on the total sample of national adults, the margin of sampling error is ±3 percentage points at the 95 percent confidence level. All reported margins of sampling error include computed design effects for weighting.