When this week’s presidential-election Joe Biden announced his intention to nominate the former South Bend, Indiana, mayor (and one-time opponent for the Democratic presidential term), Pete Batting was seen as his transportation secretary Gaya, many were once again speculating about the rising star. Future role in the Democratic Party and again as a candidate for federal office.
Certainly, calls for Buttigg to join the incoming administration began almost as soon as it ceased in early November – and many in his party believe the presidential election campaigning in the coming years This is likely to be his return in the last election cycle, an opportunity to challenge Eric Holcomb of Indiana, the governor of his home state. A cabinet-level appointment will undoubtedly help Battig’s national prospects by providing opportunities for him to gain both additional experience and wider recognition.
But the question of whether his national profile rises during the tenure of the Secretary of Transportation still remains whether the US has changed enough to consider not just electing an openly LGBTQ + politician to federal office – of which There are few in particular – let alone an openly homosexual and religious politician – who have been largely absent from national politics to this day.
On the way to the presidential campaign, Buttigig neither shied away from speaking out about his personal faith nor hesitated to use the points he spoke to Republicans – especially about LGBTQ + rights. A particularly striking moment came at the controversial fund event in April 2019, when Batigiag emphasized that his marriage not only made him a better man, but also led him closer to God.
How receptive is the broad membership of the Democratic Party to an LGBT politician with a deep-seated faith?
Both his identity and his faith initially helped Batigiag stand him in a crowded field, especially the early primary in Iowa. But how receptive is the broad membership of the Democratic Party to an LGBT politician with a deep conviction? And how do Republicans view a marriage of an openly religious faith and an openly LGBTQ identity?
Our new research in the December issue of the Journal of the Scientific Study of Religion shows that Democrats are relatively – not universal – affirming professions of trust from LGBTQ + candidates, while respondents who identify with GOP have LGBTQ + candidates. Whether or not explicitly opposed to. They are religious.
Our original poll experiment found that the majority of Republicans prefer a straight, religious candidate relative to other alternatives, while the majority of Democrats favor non-trustworthy candidates.
At the same time, when a choice is provided between a straight, non-qualified candidate and a gay, religious candidate, Republicans are more open to voting for the former. Not even religion – which the GOP claims such an expensive price for – sets off its members’ antipathy to LGBTQ + people.
Confidence can give LGBTQ + candidates a significant edge among independent and more conservative Democratic voters to win a tight edge.
In contrast, Democrats are more likely to weigh their competitive preferences. While they did not show more support for one LGBTQ + religious candidate relative to all other options, they reported that they were more likely to vote for an LGBTQ + religious candidate relative to a straight, religious one. This is important because trust matters to voters in many parts of the United States – particularly the heartland and the South.
Our study has implications beyond Butigiag’s presidential aspirations: a record number of openly LGBTQ + candidates were on state and local ballots. 3, and a surprising number faced Republicans who were traditionally their home ground by bringing religion to the fight.
In California, for example, Freddie Pooza insisted that his drive to help those marginalized from society stems from his Jesuit education. Rape Angie Craig, D-Min., Once again garnered support from both pro-LBGTQ + and faith-based groups to win re-election to the US House of Representatives.
In fact, our preliminary review of 2020 public bios of LGBTQ + candidates found that the fifth mentioned religion is in some way.
This new trend may be very important for LGBTQ + candidates in the future. Given Republican partisanship, Democratic candidates will almost certainly face upright, religious opponents in state and local elections. And, while our study focused on presidential elections, confidence may give LGBTQ + candidates a significant edge among independent and more conservative Democratic voters to win tight congressional and municipal races in the coming years.
Additionally – and unexpectedly – LGBTQ + candidates may also lead the charge to help the Democratic Party to come out of a purely religious closet. For too long, many mainstream Democrats have lived in Battig’s words – “allergic to religious language” despite the fact that many Black Democratic voters are deeply religious.
If these other Democrats follow the lead of their LGBTQ + allies and seize this political moment to solve their “religion problem” for good, the Republican candidates will no longer be the only faith games in the city. If the future “God Vote” is indeed to the graves, it is likely that the soul of American politics will change radically – and openly gay and religious candidates may not only be competitive in US elections, but hold the most. Can also. Political office in the land during our lifetime.