A large majority of registered LGBT voters DO support Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump, according to results of two weeks of an NBC NewsTracking Poll,
Seventy-two percent of registered LGBT voters support Clinton, compared to 20 percent who support Trump.
On the campaign trail, Trump has touted himself as the better candidate to fight for LGBT rights, but his decision to pick Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running-mate was seen by some as contradictory to his LGBT-friendly claims.
When Libertarian Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein are added to the match-up question, Clinton still maintained the lead among registered LGBT voters with 63 percent support. Trump, on the other hand, had 15 percent support. Johnson was not far behind with 13 percent, followed by 8 percent support for Stein.
82% of LGBT registered voters said they have an unfavorable impression of Trump compared to 41 percent who said they have an unfavorable impression of Clinton. The LGBT community has historically supported the Democratic Party, and the tracking poll found that 70 percent of registered LGBT voters were Democrats and Democratic-leaners.
In past elections, LGBT voters have played an important role. 76% voted for Barack Obama in 2012. Under President Obama’s tenure, the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage across the country so no surprise that 78% of registered LGBT voters said they approve of the way Obama is handling his job.
I’m going to Nora Burns‘ birthday party tonight in Chelsea and we are watching the debate, and there will be a LOT of LGBTQ and gay-friendly Clinton supporters in THAT room and similar parties are happening all across the country, I’m sure. It’s hard to believe ANYONE would think that Trump would protect LGBTQ rights.
*The NBC News|SurveyMonkey Weekly Election Tracking poll included two questions across two weeks – September 5 through September 18: 1) Do you consider yourself to be: Heterosexual or straight, Homosexual, Bisexual, Prefer not to answer 2) Do you consider yourself to be transgender? Yes, No
**The national exit poll numbers are among those who identify as gay, lesbian or bisexual and do not include transgender voters.
(via NBC News)