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Age Matters More Than Sexuality to US Presidential Voters, Poll Finds

A decade ago, "it was controversial just to see a presidential candidate who's supportive of gay rights," said one expert, noting that there's now an openly gay candidate

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    Age Matters More Than Sexuality to US Presidential Voters, Poll Finds
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    Local residents listen to Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg speak during a house party, Friday, June 7, 2019, in Winterset, Iowa.

    A new poll finds that Americans are more likely to say they'd reject a presidential candidate who is older than 70 than one who's gay, Reuters reported.

    The findings in Monday's Reuters/Ipsos poll, conducted ahead of the 50th anniversary of the uprising at New York City's Stonewall Inn, are a sign that a candidate's sexual orientation is a diminished concern for voters.

    Two Democrats in the party's crowded primary field are over 70: former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders. One is openly gay, South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

    Buttigieg's candidacy shows how far the country has come from a decade ago, when "it was controversial just to see a presidential candidate who's supportive of gay rights," according to American University government professor Andrew Flores.

    Who’s Running for President in 2020?

    The field of Democratic 2020 presidential candidates is packed, though some have already dropped out. Those still in the race include a former vice president, senators, businessmen, House members, a former governor and a mayor. As for the GOP, a former governor and former congressman are vying to challenge President Trump.

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    Updated Nov. 20, 2019
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