I've stayed out of the "Obama totally sucks for not giving me my rights" camp, but this is ridiculous:
In an October survey conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, 64 percent of self-described LGBT community members said they approved or strongly approved of the way Obama was handling his job. While only 30 percent of all likely voters said the country was headed in the right direction (62 percent said the opposite), 46 percent of LGBT respondents answered "right direction" (49 percent said "wrong direction").
The normal questions pop into my mind when it comes to LGBT polling (like, uh, where did they find their queers?), but there won't be any answers:
The poll numbers, which had not been previously released, were sent to The Huffington Post on the condition that the full survey not be published. The high-ranking LBGT operative who passed the numbers along cited them as evidence that the gay community was not disaffected with the president prior to November's midterm elections and that they would not lose patience with Obama even if he fails to persuade Congress to move major agenda items in the years ahead.
So let's see. A high ranking "LGBT operative" (is she all four at the same time, like a queer Megazord?), someone who I'm sure has a monetary reason to tell everyone to pipe down and be happy and is at least emotionally involved in making that argument, hands over incomplete polling data to the Huffington Post on an incredibly difficult-to-poll topic with almost no information about methodology. Add to that the fact that the data had to be anonymously leaked since no one wanted their finger prints on that, and that really sounds like something I'd base my political beliefs on.
Here's 100% of the methodology released by this operative:
The survey polled 1,077 self-described members of the LGBT community, half by phone and half online.
I don't even know where to start, so instead I'll just link previous posts about the perils of LGBT polling.
That's not to say that there's nothing about this poll to like, especially since its results make more sense than the conventional wisdom on queer voters. Especially this part:
Gay rights, of course, are not the only issue affecting the president's standing with the LGBT community; only 5 percent of the Greenberg survey's LGBT respondents described them as the most important issue facing the country today. Fifty-eight percent, meanwhile, cited the economy as their top concern.
Well, of course. Most of us aren't sitting around waiting to join the military, but we are worried about going broke if we get sick, what we're going to do for a retirement, or losing our jobs and not finding new ones.
Too bad no one will do a worthwhile study on LGBT people's relationship to The Agenda any time soon.
By the way, is anyone else reminded of this mess?