A survey of lesbian, gay and bisexual voters undertaken by The Lesbian & Gay Foundation has found that the voting patterns of the LGB community don’t necessarily follow that of the rest of the general population.
The survey was undertaken on Manchester’s famous Canal Street which attracts visitors from all over the country, alongside e-mail responses and comments on the charities website, from members of the lesbian, gay and bisexual communities.
From over 300 respondents: 27% state their intention to vote Liberal Democrat on May 6th with 24% pledging their vote to Labour. 8% plan to vote Conservative, with 2% voting for other parties. The figure for undecided voters is 15%, with 18 % either not registered or not intending to vote, and the remaining 6% undisclosed as to whom they plan to vote for.
When asked if lesbian, gay and bisexual rights were an important issue when deciding to vote for any political party, there was a clear divide between those who did not feel they could vote for a party without being satisfied that they would support LGB people, and those who stated that there were many other issues that they would be voting on.
51% said that their own sexual orientation or issues around gay rights would not have an impact on how they voted, and 42% said that it is still an important factor on choosing which party to support.
Of the other issues that were significant, apart from equality and LGB& T rights, the economy, employment, education, the NHS & Health issues, Tax and Immigration were high on the list of priorities.
The feedback was undertaken to coincide with The Lesbian & Gay Foundation’s ask for prospective political candidates in both the Local and General elections, to pledge their support to actions that they and their political parties can take to support their lesbian, gay and bisexual constituents.