Obama's not doing too badly among LGBT adults:
Among LGBT adults, 60 percent favor Obama while 14 percent favor McCain.
Three percent of LGBT adults favor Barr, while 1 percent choose Nader. Six percent choose "other," while 17 percent of all LGBT voters are not yet sure which candidate to support -- comparable to the general population.
We can joke all we want about that 14%, but Obama's beating McCain four to one among LGBT people who've decided who they like.
Room for improvement, but not all that bad at all, considering that John Kerry won LGB people 77-23 in exit polls in 2004.
Sure, John McCain just plain doesn't like LGBT people (from TowleRoad):
This is a man who doesn't even know what the acronym LGBT stands for.
He also doesn't really believe in gay adoption, supports a ban on gays in the military, is worried if his clothing looks too gay, isn't sure if condoms stop the spread of HIV, thinks same-sex marriage ceremonies are okay as long as they're just pretend, and has promised right-wing religious groups that he'll start speaking out more vocally against LGBT causes.
But being gay, lesbian, bisexual, or trans is an identity that a person generally takes on after other identities along the lines of race, class, ethnicity, and sex have been learned. Every now and then a Black LGBT person will rankle the white LGBT community by saying that she is Black first, queer second, but I know more than a handful of white LGBT folks who thing the same way about their race. They just don't articulate it because they see their race as the norm, their culture as ubiquitous, and racism as nonexistent.
The same thing's happening in this poll; there are plenty of LGBT Americans who are rich, racist, scared shitless of Muslims, sexist, or hawkish first and LGBT second. The fact that we overwhelmingly support the Democratic candidate for president over McCain speaks to the fact that LGBT identity is an important factor in voting behavior, but in no way is the gateway to determining how someone will vote nor is the only part of our lives that's important.
And, yes, this poll is Harris Interactive, not The Harris Poll, and it's polling LGBT people, whatever that means, so a grain of salt is required.