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Porn industry poll shows strong support for Obama over Romney

October 11, 2012|By Jim Puzzanghera
  • The AIDS Healthcare Foundation protests last year outside the XBIZ Awards in Los Angeles, with signs demanding that condoms be used in the porn industry. A poll by XBIZ of people in the industry found overwhelming support for President Obama over Mitt Romney in the race for the White House.
The AIDS Healthcare Foundation protests last year outside the XBIZ Awards… (Francine Orr / Los Angeles…)

WASHINGTON -- Here's an X-rated endorsement you're unlikely to see touted in any campaign commercials: People in the adult entertainment industry strongly support President Obama over Republican Mitt Romney.

Those are the results of a poll of 339 respondents by XBIZ.net, an industry social network. The poll found 68% of people in the San Fernando Valley-based porn industry said they would like Obama to win the election, compared with 13% for Romney.

Fourteen percent said they preferred "someone else" and 5% said they didn't care.

But the Obama campaign is unlikely to do any dancing over the results of this poll.

Steven A. Hirsch, chief executive of Los Angeles-based Vivid Entertainment, said the porn industry's support for the more liberal candidate makes sense.

"The results aren't really surprising because most people involved with the adult industry have a liberal view of government and how it should work,” Hirsch told XBIZ Newswire.

“Social issues are more important than fiscal issues and they will support a candidate who shares their beliefs," he said.

Hustler founder Larry Flynt, who last month publicly offered $1 million for anyone who could produce Romney's tax returns or details of his financial activities, also told XBIZ Newswire he wasn't surprised by Obama's lead among people who work in the adult entertainment industry.

Neither was Patrick Trueman, president of Morality in Media, an organization that opposes pornography and indecency.

He said the Obama administration's Justice Department has not enforced federal laws prohibiting the distribution of hardcore pornography.

“The porn industry is flourishing because the Obama administration has given it a green light to distribute hardcore porn to every man, woman, and child in America,” Trueman said Thursday. 

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