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POLL: Trump voters show undeniable support for LGBT rights

A recent poll of voters in multiple key swing states reveal support for the LGBTQ community is overwhelmingly positive, including among Trump voters.



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According to a new poll of 400 likely voters in multiple key swing states support for LGBTQ equality is overwhelming positive, including among supposedly anti-LGBTQ Trump voters.  The states polled include Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Texas.

Source: Hart Research Associates and HRC
Source: Hart Research Associates and HRC

The poll conducted by Hart Research Associates and the Human Rights Campaign shows a stark contrast to talking points pushed by LGBTQ community members and allies. Each of the left’s biggest concerns–gay marriage, adoption, and transgender rights–were all viewed with strong positivity by the voters, including 87% of Trump supporters polled saying “transgendered people should have full access to medical care.” 

Another question from the poll asked how voters would feel if they knew an elected official was anti-LGBTQ. In each of the key states, only between 5% and 11% of all respondents said they would view an anti-LGBTQ candidate more favorably.  

Source: Hart Research Associates and HRC

The poll also asked voters about their opinions on the next Supreme Court justice and whether or not they believe the justice should be pro-LGBT. Nearly half or more of all voters in the states polled responded the next justice should be pro-LGBTQ.

Democrats and LGBT activists have argued judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Trump’s nominee to the Court to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, poses a threat to the LGBTQ community due to her Catholic faith. However, in recent testimony during her Senate confirmation hearings, Barrett proclaimed, “Obergefell clearly says there is a constitutional right to same sex marriage,” she said, referring the 2015 Supreme Court case that legalized same-sex marriage. She also stated during confirmation hearings this week that she “never discriminated on the basis of sexual preference and would not ever discriminate on the basis of sexual preference.” President Trump also proclaimed as president-elect that gay marriage is settled Supreme Court law and that he is “fine with that.” 

Kaitlyn Whitlock, a “Bible-based” Christian and Trump supporter living in St. Petersburg, Fla., says she “agrees with LGBTQ equality” and “loves her LGBTQ friends.”

“Everyone should be treated equal,” she says. “More and more people are starting to realize and believe that everyone needs to be treated fairly,” Whitlock says, adding she doesn’t believe Trump supporters are anti-LGBTQ, “quite the opposite, actually.” 

President Trump’s support among the LGBTQ community seems to be growing. Another poll conducted by gay dating app Hornet, surveyed 1,200 gay men about who they were voting for in 2020. A staggering 45% of the respondents said they were voting for President Trump.

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