The porn industry endorses Obama overwhelmingly says the industry's news site Xbiz. When members were asked "What candidate would you like elected President," out of 339, 68% said Obama, 13% Romney, 14% "someone else" and 5% "I don't care."
According to Xbiz, Obama's five to one margin advantage over Romney does not come as a surprise. A big player in the porn industry Steven Hirsch, Vivid Entertainment CEO, said: "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 said.“Social issues are more important than fiscal issues and they will support a candidate who shares their beliefs."
Reason.com comments that it is easy to understand why the porn industry is so anti-Romney. Romney has declared that "current laws on all forms of pornography and obscenity need to be vigorously enforced," Reason.com reports.
According to The Huffington Post, Morality in Media, a conservative organization that opposes pornography and indecency, said earlier this year that Mitt Romney has pledged that if elected he would direct the Department of Justice to prosecute porn producers for obscenity violations.
In September, a prominent member of the community, Larry Flynt, founder of Hustler, took out full-page ads in The Washington Post and USA Today. He offered $1 million for proof of Romney's tax returns, details of his offshore assets and bank accounts.
According to Reason.com, there are others in the porn industry who support a third candidate. Xbiz spoke to John Stagliano, who Mediaite reports Republican President George W. Bush used obscenity laws to prosecute.The founder of Evil Angel said he supports Gary Johnson, Libertarian Party candidate. Stagliano told Xbiz: “The only candidate who protects our right to do business is the Libertarian Party candidate, Gary Johnson. He was the only person dealing with the real problems we have, like war, the debt, censorship and inefficient government.”
But as Los Angeles Times notes, the porn industry's endorsement of Obama is unlikely be one his campaign will tout in its commercials.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Patrick Trueman, president of Morality Media, says that the Department of Justice under the Obama administration has not enforced federal laws prohibiting the distribution of hardcore pornography. He said: “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."
Activists like Truman may ignore a fact The Huffington Post points out: "It seems likely it would be in the GOP's best interest to not rock the porn boat, given the fact that eight of the top ten porn-watching states voted Republican in the last presidential election, according to Harvard researcher Ben Edelman."
The statistics Edelman cites would appear to contradict the social conservative stance of the "red states," and suggests that what many conservatives do in their private lives may not be in harmony with their professions in public.