Republicans would be much happier to support a gay candidate than they would be to learn their own child was gay, according to a new poll from McClatchy and Marist College.
Sixty-eight percent of Republicans would be “just as likely to support a well-qualified candidate if he or she was gay.” but 60 percent would be “‘upset’ or ‘very upset’ to learn their child was gay.”
Half of the Democrats polled, 30 percent, said they would be “upset” or “very upset” if their child was gay, and a majority said they would “not care at all.”
The poll also found that while 59 percent of Republicans support the states’ right to decide about the legality of same-sex marriage, 63 percent personally oppose it.
While the fact 6-of-10 Republicans and 3-of-10 Democrats would be upset if their child is gay may be high, the number has significantly dropped since a similar poll in 1985.
The Los Angeles Times found that in 1985, 89 percent of all Americans would be upset if their child was gay.